Wells-Goodfellow, Early Summer 2023, Part Two

Wow, things sure have changed north of the closed Gundlach School on Arlington Avenue. As part of Project Clear, MSD has been demolishing portions of the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood, replacing the cleared sites with retention basins. Looking at satellite images, it looks like this built several years ago, and MSD is reworking the basin. It’s a…

Wells-Goodfellow, Early Summer 2023, Part One

Crossing over MLK, I headed to one of the more interesting streets in Wells-Goodfellow, the 5600 block of Labadie. After passing by the western end of the block, which is still somewhat inhabited, we get to those four-family apartment buildings, which have always fascinated me, but even more so now that I recently discovered a…

The Streets Around Norwood Square

One of the most interesting neighborhoods in St. Louis is Norwood Square, which I first looked at way back in August of 2009. It sits on the site of an old quarry, which is settling badly (I tried to figure out what kind of quarry it was, but it does not show up on this…

Wells-Goodfellow, Post-Federal Conviction

Former alderman Jeffrey Boyd went off to federal prison a week ago today, and I thought I would go check up on the heart of his former ward, which is the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood. It’s a huge neighborhood, and I discovered this church that I had never seen before at the northeast corner of Hodiamont and…

Former Blessed Sacrament, Revisited

It turns out that Most Blessed Sacrament, which I looked at back in December of 2020, was founded in 1907, and originally worship occurred in a wood frame structure with dimensions of 73 x 30 feet, that was built in six weeks at the behest of its first pastor, Father P.H. Bradley. The whole campus…

Union Boulevard Between Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and Wabada, West Side

Passing by MLK Dr., we see increasing abandonment to the west in Wells-Goodfellow. The houses are also more modest. Judging from the brick patterns on above the doorway and the two upper windows of this four-family, I suspect this buildings front façade was once far more ornamented. Storefront churches often fill the old corner spaces….

North Western Motel, Ventilated

The North Western Inn will be out of business for awhile, considering the FBI and other law enforcement fired tear gas canisters through each window of the small, weekly rate motel. Contrary to what the owner said to a news reporter the day of the raid, city records show he did not recently sell it…

A Tour of the Sites Mentioned in the Federal Indictment

Update: As of August 26, 2022, all three former aldermen plead guilty to the allegations made by federal prosecutors and have been sentenced by a judge. The text of the following post has been updated to reflect the changes from allegations at the time of the original writing to guilty pleas. By now I’m sure…

Gundlach School, April 2022

It seems like the most popular school post I’ve done is when I looked at Gundlach School in Wells-Goodfellow back in September of 2014 (I went back in March of 2017) so I thought I would check in on how the building was faring after over a decade of continual abandonment. As seen yesterday with…

Pierre Laclede School

Opened in 1914 according to designs by William Ittner, Pierre Laclede Elementary School is at least the second school to hold that name in the St. Louis Public School system. The first was deep in the city and was a typical design that can still be seen in designs such as the Blow and Des…