A site dedicated to the historic architecture of St. Louis, Missouri - mourning the losses, celebrating the survivors.

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April 23, 2011: Despite the large empty lot next door, Carondelet's South End Masonic Temple will soon be demolished for a parking lot.

Endangered and Lost:
Crumbling Landmarks Crumbling Landmarks
Major buildings in neglect... and danger.

Vanished Buildings

Vanished Buildings
Notable buildings demolished since 1995.

Recalled to Life

Recalled to Life
Major buildings pulled from abandonment - fifteen and counting.

On the Road in New Orleans

On the Road in New Orleans
A report on the state of New Orleans, 16 months after the hurricanes.
    Current issues
  • Blairmont: Developer Paul McKee has announced grandiose plans for his north side holdings, but a pattern of neglect tells a different story.
  • Mullanphy Immigrant Home: Donations are still needed to keep this near north landmark standing.
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Coming up: Midtown East and Downtown West, Tower Grove South, JeffVanderLou and more.

Tours by Location:

Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown
The Old Post Office and its surroundings form the core of downtown St. Louis.

Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue
The north edge of downtown is marked by the lofts and warehouses of the old garment district.

What's Wrong With This Riverfront?

The Mississippi River
A grand tour of the riverfront, from downtown to both ends of the city.

The North Side

The North Side
Urban devastation and surprising resilliance in the city's northern half.

Midtown

Midtown
St. Louis's theater district, and what remains of the neighborhood that it once was.

The South Side

The South Side
Grit and charm in the city's southern half.

East St. Louis

East St. Louis
A tour of St. Louis's long-suffering Illinois neighbor and its desolate surroundings.
Tours by Building Type:

The Ittner/Milligan Legacy

The Ittner/Milligan Legacy
Dozens of handsome school buildings from two prolific architects.

St. Louis Churches

St. Louis Churches
Steeples, spires, and sancturies punctuate the cityscape.

Modernism

The Beauty of Modernism
The next great preservation battle will be for the legacy of MidCentury Modernism. The time to start looking is now.

The Industrial City

The Industrial City
Magnificent sites across the region bear witness to St. Louis's history as a former titan of industry.

Wonderous Anachronisms

Infrastructure
Historic standpipes, trans-Mississippi bridges, and buildings in the middle of the river.

Cityscapes

Cityscapes
A depository for the occasional wide views of St. Louis and its skyline that are posted to the site.