Laflin Street, JeffVanderLou, Early Fall 2021

Update: I went back in the winter of 2022. I checked in on Laflin Street, which once had far more houses, including two more to the north of the one above. You can see them in this post from September of 2017 (third photo down). A year later, it became a dumping ground for a…

Mullanphy Hospital

Recently I was looking for another hospital at the Missouri History Museum when I spotted the photo below, labeled the Mullanphy Hospital. I thought for certain it was mislabeled, and captured a pre-cupola image of the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center on Arsenal Street. I was wrong–it is in fact a hospital that once sat…

Beaumont High School, Revisited

I looked at Beaumont High School back in October of 2013 when I was looking at other Natural Bridge Avenue institutions. I took more photos this time in the early morning sun of the late summer.

Two Buildings Along North Grand Boulevard

The Speedwa School was a small business school that taught bookkeeping and accounting for both men and women, publishing its own books. Recently, the building has been the home of a couple of clubs on the first floor. Next door is a chop suey restaurant that has been in the neighborhood for years. The next…

St. Louis Avenue, JeffVanderLou, Late May, 2021

I never thought I’d see this day, but all the buildings that were vacant and/or hit by bricktheft have been demolished east of Glasgow Avenue. There were dozens of buildings in this stretch a decade ago, and they’re all gone now. The last ones were still here less than a year ago. We’ll see when…

Columbia Elementary School

Due to the recent round of school closings that saw Dunbar on the other end of the neighborhood closed, Columbia Elementary School stayed open. Opened in 1929, this Ittner/Milligan school replaced an earlier building that was destroyed by a tornado. Like many of the schools on the Northside, it replicates the architecture of northern Europe….

Sts. Teresa and Bridget Roman Catholic Church

St. Teresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church dates back to the population explosion and development of the Yeatman estate after the Civil War in 1866. The present church dates from 1900, and as usual, defies the normal classification of architectural styles. The church, particularly the fa├žade, reminds me of the Roman Baroque, but there are…