Cragwold, January 2022

Oops, I didn’t see that tree branch in the way when I took this photo of Cragwold, Edwin Lemp‘s estate on the bluffs overlooking the Meramec River. The large windows overlooking the valley must have provided stunning views for the reclusive bachelor who took his million dollars and retired from brewing at an early age….

Chesterfield Mall, Blocked Off

Back in January of 2021 we noticed that the owners of Chesterfield Mall were building walls blocking off the old Dillard’s and Sears wings of the mall, which were also the oldest portions. When I went back recently, their plan had been implemented, and those parts had been locked and closed off. A similar form…

Whispering Oakwood, Denouement

Update: A new house was built on the lot in late 2022. Back in mid-August of this year, I had featured a house in Ballwin that had been the center of around a decade of legal and municipal wrangling due to the decoration of the front yard by the owner. We had noticed several months…

St. Paul/Jedburgh/Sherman, Late Summer 2021

One of my most popular posts was my examination of the St. Paul/Jedburgh/Sherman area, far to the southwest in rural West County. We went back to see what was happening along St. Paul Road. It is still one of the most isolated parts of the region, but one rich in history. We discovered the house…

The End of an Era, Whispering Oakwood, Ballwin

Update: The house was foreclosed on and demolished in the late summer of 2021. A new house was built on the lot in late 2022. We’d first noticed it a couple of months ago. The famous house in Ballwin that had garnered considerable media attention over a decade ago due to its sculpture garden commemorating…

Resurrection of the Zombie Subdivision, Wildwood

We returned to the zombie subdivision in Wildwood that was one of the victims of the housing crash back in 2008 (remember that–it seems a million years ago now). It’s actually sort of interesting to see how the real estate market dealt with this problem. Off Crescent Road, individual homeowners have simply bought the adjacent…

Old Quarry, Town and Country

You never know what you’ll find down a quiet subdivision street in Town and Country. Passing down an old road in between squares of eighty acres of old farmland-turned-subdivisions, something doesn’t look normal. An old aerial photograph from 1955 reveals that there was a quarry active since at least 1937, and it was still visible…

Old Zion Evangelisch Cemetery, Des Peres

An early German congregation, Zion German Evangelisch founded this cemetery around 1847, when they built a log cabin church in this area north of the intersection of Ballas and Manchester roads. The congregation had originally been formed in 1838. It sits just an eighth of a mile east from I-270, but is now surrounded by…

St. Paul’s Cemetery

With roots that go back to 1838, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church has called the northeast corner of Ballas and Manchester roads home since 1867. The current church is from 1938, with an expansion from 1985. The cemetery is south of the church on Ballas, in the shadow of West County Center, which itself took the…

Triage, Chesterfield Mall

Update: By late 2021, the work was complete and the Dillard’s and Sears wings were blocked off. They’re closing off the Dillard’s and Sears wings of Chesterfield Mall, no doubt as a way of saving money on maintenance, utilities and staffing, much as the owners of Jamestown Mall did years ago. These pictures are of…