1/08/08: An update from the North Side, with an expanded look at the long-suffering inner ring suburb of Wellston, Missouri.
An enormous update and complete re-working of the East St. Louis tour, with hundreds of new photos and coverage expanded to include Brooklyn, Venice, Madison, Granite City, Washington Park, Fairmont City and Sauget.
I am still job hunting in Chicago! Know an architecture firm that's looking for help? Drop me a line! More details, including my resume, are here.
A sampling of photos from my latest St. Louis expedition may be seen here.
Blog post: The Changing Face of the South 40.
In anticipation of an upcoming St. Louis expedition, I gave the East St. Louis tour a thorough working over, with cleaned-up formatting, some additional photographs, updated info and outside links.
A personal note: some folks have noted that the site hasn't updated much in recent months. That's because I've been preoccupied -- I'm preparing to move from Milwaukee to Chicago! I leave the Brew City at the end of this month. Site updates will be forthcoming as the weather cools off and photographing becomes less appealing.
In the meantime, you can check out what I've been up to here in Milwaukee at my Flickr space.
Good news -- that all-too-rare change of status, from doomed to saved. The St. Louis Hills Office Center will undergo only partial demolition; the front portion -- the major point of architectural interest -- will remain standing. Updated page also includes detailed commentary from one of the building's owners.
Miscellaneous photos from my most recent St. Louis trip at my Flickr space.
The St. Louis Hills Office Center, a vintage 1950s brick office building, is being demolished.
New on the Modernism tour: St. Catherine of Sienna-Pagedale.
Blog post: SLU's Long, Slow Mistake
Brick rustlers! Workers have been illegally attacking and destoying -- yes, destroying! -- entire houses for the sole purpose of shipping the bricks out of town. Click here for more, including recent photos of the destruction.
With some help from my web host, restored the Guestbook after it was hacked by some assholes from Turkey.
(Hacked?? People still do that? Losers.)
What's happening on the site of the demolished St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church? Photos from November 2006.
Photos of an Art Deco apartment building that was torn down for a Walgreens parking lot, and the unique streetscape that was ruined in the process.
Some new and nicer photos on the Ittner/Milligan tour:
- Gundlach School
- Arlington School
- Beaumont High
- Sigel School
- Shepard School
An update from the site of the obliterated McRee Town neighborhood.
A lengthy gallery of photographs of Fountain Park and the buildings surrounding it.
Two updates from the north side:
- the Wellston Loop, including the Modernist JC Penney building
- nearby Wellston High School, including vintage shots from the 1940s.
A small gallery of photos from the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in Midtown.
Rescanned photos from the demolished Arena, as well as new shots of what's standing on the site today.
New on the Modernism tour:
- Famous-Barr Clayton
- Famous-Barr Westfield
- First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood
- The anomalous ranch houses of Norwood Court
- More ranch houses at Copa Villa
- And in a preview of another update still to come: new photos from the Wellston State Bank.
An update from Blewett High School, where renovation and new construction are underway.
Three new churches:
- Westminster Presbyterian
- Union Avenue Christian
- St. Roch
New on the Industrial City tour:
- The Natural Bridge Gasometer, and an update from the FPSE Gasometer, where demolition is underway.
- The far north Riverfront, as revealed from the riverfront bike trail -- including dedicated sections for the McKinley and Merchants Bridges.
- The Venice Power Plant
- Night shots of the Granite City Steel works.
The renovation of Homer G. Phillips Hospital was completed in 2002. A gallery of new and old photos shows it both in abandonment and in its new capacity as a senior's home.
New photos from South Side National Bank, currently undergoing conversion to condominiums.
An update from the Franklin School, where renovation is underway.
New on the Crumbling Landmarks list: St. Mary's Infirmary, a tall building hiding in plain sight south of downtown.
And on a related note, an update on the long-empty Woolworth Building next door.
Some recent photos of the Continental Building, looking good five years after its renovation.
Additional photos of the Switzer Building, slated for demolition down to the second floor (bottom of page.)
Photos of the Brecht Butcher Supply buildings undergoing demolition (bottom of page.)
An update from River Roads Mall, where the beautiful 1960s Stix Building is undergoing demolition.
- Many new photographs from the badly-deteriorated Carr School.
- Updates and new photos from the Kiel Opera House
- Photo galleries from a walk all around Bohemian HIll show the surviving houses on the site.
A stroll through Old North St. Louis -- random photos from a beautiful day last September.
Some updates and additions at the Historic Downtown tour:
- The Haggerty Building has had its 1960s coverup removed, revealing a beautiful Romanesque facade beneath.
- Added the 1950s-reskinned Farm and Home Savings Association.
- Added the small building which is home to Charlie Gitto's Pasta House.
Posted new photos of
- the Pennsylvania Building
- the Lofts @ 315
- the Lasalle Building
- the Alverne Hotel, including a historic then-and-now comparison
- the Marquette Building
From Old North St. Louis: Barb's Story, a personal account of renovating a long-neglected 1880s home. It is the sort of local, by-the-bootstraps spirit that is threatened when developers are silent about their plans for a neighborhood.
Ecology of Absence reports an upcoming renovation of Lambert Field. Prompted by the news, I have added a page on it at the Modernism tour.
Rescanned South Side National Bank.
Fresh photos from City Hospital, where the renovation of Old Main is now complete.
Two new churches:
- St. Mary of Victories
- St. Vincent de Paul
Plus, added a handy index page to the St. Louis Churches tour.
Fresh scans and beautiful nighttime shots of the Chase Hotel.
New scans and photos as well as updates for the renovated Paul Brown Building.
Good news about the former Blewett High School in the West End, abandoned since 1994, but now undergoing renovation.
Since it's getting a bit of attention today, I figured I'd give the What's Wrong With This Riverfront? tour a working over. New scans, new photos, new rants... same uninspiring riverfront.
Better photos of the storm-damaged Switzer Building in Laclede's Landing.
Update on the now-demolished Army Ammunition Plant, with photos of the stripped-down building from November 2006.
An update from River Roads Mall, with new galleries from November 2006.
Bohemian Hill: A development proposal unveiled last week would wipe out the last remnants of the Bohemian Hill neighborhood. The area needs new development on the site -- but not at the cost of historic houses. Read more about the proposal, the site, and who to contact about it.
2/15/07: Updated with additional information about the proposal.
The Brecht Butcher Supply Company buildings are no more, and St. Louis is a poorer place for it.
It's the RETURN OF THE GUEST BOOK. And about damn time, too.
A return visit to the old St. Louis State Hospital, with a bit of the building's history, much better photo scans, and a couple of new shots... and even a fresh look at that 1962 building I used to loathe so much.
It's Blairmont round 2 as Ecology of Absence sheds further light on the extent of the landbanking company's holdings.
Also, a spate of new entries on the Modernism tour:
- Wohl Community Center
- Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum
- Two Hearts Banquet Center
- The Record Exchange
- St. Peter Catholic Church (Kirkwood)
- DuBourg House
- Our Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
- The ranch houses of Halls Ferry Road
- Interior shots at St. Martin de Porres
- Additional shots of the Granite City Steel Building
1/24/07: New Tour! A diversion from the site's usual focus, as we go On the Road in New Orleans. Photographs from across the city, from the famous French Quarter and Garden Districts, to the ordinary city neighborhoods that suffered flooding and evacuation, and have barely begun to recover. Come see the state of this most beautiful city, 16 months after the storms.
1/22/07: A short page showing some of Blairmont Associates, LC's holdings on the Near North Side.
1/21/07: In November, I went on a tour of the long-abandoned Arcade Building, slated for renovation starting within a year or so. Several dozen photos of the ruinous and decaying building are now posted at Arcade Building: Interior Tour.
The Catholic Church needs to fix the roof at Corpus Christi before things get out of hand.
Added a search feature at the Site Map -- no more wondering if a building is or isn't mentioned on the site!
New tour!! Bear witness to the manufacturing might of St. Louis at The Industrial City, a tour of scattered factories, plants, and warehouses at sites around the city.
Added a header link to my Flicker.com account, a prolific dumping ground for my photos from St. Louis and elsewhere. Short summaries of my last three St. Louis visits can be found there:
- Thanksgiving weekend
- November 4th-6th
- Labor Day weekend
There's also Mid-Century Modernism and industrial architecture in Milwaukee, a large collection of Louis Sullivan's works, a smaller set for Frank Furness, and other miscellany. Check it out!
Many new and re-scanned photos of the Statler Hotel as well as a more orderly page layout.
Updates on the fates of several Catholic churches on the Modernism tour:
- Corpus Christi
- Our Lady of Good Counsel
- St. Hedwig
And, many new photographs of Saint Louis University's Pius XII Library.
Long overdue: River Roads Mall, an elegant 1960s department store with a dilapidated mall attached to it, currently undergoing demolition.
Revisited: the A.S. Aloe Co. Building, demolished in 1996, and one of the first buildings featured on Built St. Louis's predecessor site.
Old but new: a separate page on the long-empty Woolworth Building in Midtown, previously subordinated to the Continental Building's pages.
Old but sorta new: I've done a lot of editing on the three core tours, consolidating pages, renaming files, and adding rescanned and new photos of:
- The Coral Court Motel
- The Round Building
- St. Philomena's Technical School
- The Wellston Loop Building
- The Statler (Gateway) Hotel
- The Merchandise Mart
- The Ambassador Building and Theater
Added a small page on the Switzer Building in Laclede's Landing, severly damaged by the storms of July 2006.
Set 'em up, set 'em up, we'll be knockin' 'em down: added a couple of pre-demolition photos of a house on St. Louis Avenue which is being torn down this week. Thanks to Michael Allen for the info.
New on the Modernism tour:
- St. Ann Catholic Church, from 1951;
- a look at Natural Bridge Road, with Mid-Century Modern buildings in a variety of styles that evolve from the 1940s to the 1960s as one moves further west.
New church: Richmond Heights' Little Flower Catholic Church, a very late neo-Gothic building with overtones of Modernism.
An update to the Hyde Park tour, including an endangered church and the fate of the Nord St. Louis Turnverein, decimated by fire over the summer.
New on the Crumbling Landmark tour: the long-vacant Avalon Cinema in south city.
New church: the Old Cathedral.
Reorganized the City Hospital pages, and uploaded some photos from the past year showing the renovation, as well as the fate of the remains of the original cupolas.
A sizeable update the Old North St. Louis tour, with updates on many previously photographed buildings -- including an excitingly large number of reconstructions and restorations.
Another Modernism addition: the Granite City Steel Building, a classic Mid-Century Modern office building with an astonishing amount of intact original detail.
New on the Churches tour: Holy Corners.
Added the State Bank in Wellston to the Modernism tour.
Added a small, long-overdue page on the Mullanphy Emigrant Home.
Additions to the Modernism tour:
- St. Andrew Presbyterian (interior)
- Christ the King United Church
- Pius XII Memorial Library (SLU)
- Kirkwood Methodist Church
An improved gallery of Prince Hall's demolition.
Before the strippers and salvagers can have their way, before the wrecking ball obliterates history and beauty -- a last look at Prince Hall.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga is being demolished.
I'm stunned: Washington University plans to tear down Prince Hall, one of the campus's original 9 Tudor Gothic buildings. Witness the insanity here.
Site reader Jordon Agee went on a Preservation Week tour of the Arcade Building, and shared his photos of the interior arcade space. It's battered and dirty, but still lovely!
Not content with my final design project's pages, I did some heavy editting on the text. It's much better now.
A large update to the St. Louis Place tour, with dozens of new photographs and lots of panoramic views.
Web log: Goodbye and Good Riddance to Milwaukee's whale mural, demolished last week.
Uploaded a very abrieviated version of my final design project for grad school -- and more importantly, a close look at the project site, the 1900 block of Montgomery Street, in the St. Louis Place neighborhood.
A long-overdue update to the Old North St. Louis tour, with updates to past buildings and many new ones -- including the new construction and renovations of the North Market Place development.
Web log: Modernist Churches in Milwaukee.
Web log: Thoughts on the Philadelphia skyline.
Web log: Farewell to West Milwaukee.
- Announcing the site's newly-started Web Log!
- New church: the South Side's St. Anthony of Padua.
A massive update to the Historic Downtown tour, with a vastly improved map, reformatted pages, numerous new photos, streamlined navigation, updated info, and additonal demolished buildings.
What's happened to the cleared site of Gaslight Square? Find out here.
New on the Vanished Buildings tour: the massive former home of Vashon High School, demolished in early 2003.
- Posted interior photos of the former B'Nai Amoona Synagogue on the Modernism tour.
- New church: the South Side's St. Cecilia.
- New skyline shot: looking north from City Hospital's grounds.
- One nice little photo of the American Zinc Building.
New church: St. Marks Episcopal, the area's earliest example of Modernist design in a religious structure.
New on the Crumbling Landmarks tour: the abandoned St. Louis Army Ammunition Plant.
Posted interior photos of:
- Holy Trinity Catholic Church
- St. John Nepomuk Chapel (formerly church).
I've dipped into the archives of the Historic American Buildings Survey to put together a virtual recreation of the 4900 block of Page Boulevard, now demolished and the site of a grocery store.
The Egyptian-themed Vitrolite lobby of the Hadley-Dean Glass Company building on Washington Avenue was destroyed in September 2004. I've posted a couple of interior photos here.
Post-demolition photos of the site of Northland Shopping Center -- scraped clean.
New on the Churches tour:
- St. Stanislaus
- Interior photos of Zion Lutheran
New and updated school buildings:
- Maddox (Delaney) School
- Sigel School
- the recently closed Hempstead
- Harris Teachers' College
- Farragut Elementary
Abandoned for nearly ten years, the Ittner-designed Franklin School is soon due to get a new life as apartments.
Small update to the MacArthur Bridge page... with one of the best photos I've taken in a long time.
Update to Neighborhood Gardens, with photos of the recent renovation work.
At last, a gallery of photos large enough to do justice to the awe-inspiring New Cathedral.
Streamlined and updated the following buildings' pages:
- The Arcade Building
- The Syndicate Trust - with new photographs.
- The Century Building
Relocated the renovated and re-opened Paul Brown Building to the Recalled to Life tour. Cheers!!
Added some new and better photographs of the abandoned Cass Avenue Bank building.
Added St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church to the Crumbling Landmarks tour.
One more addition to the Beauty of Modernism tour: St. Andrew Presbyterian in south City.
Numerous additions to the Beauty of Modernism tour, and additional photos on a few of the older entries as well.
Added the recently late Busch Stadium to the Vanished Buildings tour.
New church: the north side's Eastern Star Baptist.
Previous site updates
Posted some images from May, of the space where the Century Building once was.
The vacant and deteriorated Pulaski Savings Association was abruptly demolished last month. Its entry has been relocated accordingly.
Revamped the Washington Avenue tour, with lots of new photos and simpler navigation. It's still not 100% up to date, but at least it's got some info from the last 4 years!
Another new church on the Modernism tour: St. Hedwig's. Like St. Boniface, it is on the list of parishes closing at the end of this month.
Moved Northland Shopping Center to the Vanished Buildings tour; reformatted the pages; posted additional demolition photos.
Another soon-to-be-closed church: Carondelet's St. Boniface.
An addition to the watertower tour: Intake Towers #2 and #1, the Romantic housings for the city's old water control gates on the Mississippi River.
A new church on the Modernism tour: St. Stephen, Protomartyr.
New church: Immaculate Conception / St. Henry's, a Catholic church due to be closed at the end of this month.
Added a couple dozen new photographs to the East St. Louis tour.
Demolition photos from Northland Shopping Center, courtesy of Toby Weiss.
- It has come to my attention that my email setup seems to be defective. If I wrote back to you, and you replied in turn, I never saw it. I've switched to a new address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Added a second gallery of Century Building photographs.
Reformatted the Churches tour with linked thumbnails instead of a ton of huge images on each page. Added some new images here and there as well.
New church: Soulard's Trinity Lutheran.
New tour! Look beyond historicist architecture, and see The Beauty of Modernism.
The Moolah Temple has re-opened! It's now the latest addition to the Recalled To Life tour.
New photos (from October '04) of Northland Shopping Center.
New church: St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox.
- Acknowledged the grim truth: moved the Century Building to its own spot in the Vanished Buildings tour, with links to the various pages about it.
- Revised the Historic Downtown tour with a new introduction, some new photos, a clearer statement of purpose, and the demolition of the Century Building.
- New church: Lafayette Park United Methodist.