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The Gateway Arch in the Fog

7 months ago
As the fog lifted even more, I sought out even taller buildings, and the Gateway Arch seemed like a good candidate. I also thought the river would be foggy, but no luck there. There was something surreal about the two… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Prather Addition, Franz Park

7 months ago
Supposedly Dogtown landowner James Prather was out of town for an extended period when the nearby Glades were first subdivided, and his caretaker took advantage of his employer’s absence to cut down the property’s oak trees and sell off the… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Fairmount Avenue, Franz Park

7 months 1 week ago
While still on Mitchell, it’s hard not to notice that something very dramatic is happening to the housing stock. There are more Cape Cods, on what was still farmland in 1937, according to historic aerial images. But then, whoa! Things… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

John J. Roe Elementary School

7 months 1 week ago
Like many St. Louis Public Schools, John J. Roe Elementary School started out as an older, Romanesque Revival building that was built when the area it served was largely rural and suburban. Then the great firm of Ittner/Milligan came in… Continue Reading →
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A Sad Loss, Carondelet

7 months 2 weeks ago
Help didn’t come in time for one of the more unique and beautiful houses in Carondelet, which I had photographed back in March of 2021 (second photo) on Michigan Avenue. Only a couple of months after taking those photos, a… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Birch Drive, Bellefontaine Cemetery

7 months 2 weeks ago
I normally drive around on Prospect Drive, where the more famous Wainwright and Lemp mausolea are, but I decided I would take the less-traveled Birch Drive, which wends its way around to the southwest, and features some very nice monuments.
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Springdale Cemetery, Peoria

7 months 2 weeks ago
Entering into Springdale Cemetery in Peoria is normal enough–rows of graves along a gentle slope–but as you continue your drive, you realize that this is no normal final resting place. Founded in 1857, it was part of the rural cemetery… Continue Reading →
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Dan Fogelberg Memorial, Peoria

7 months 3 weeks ago
“Dan Fogelberg? Who’s Dan Fogelberg?” As at least one friend has remarked to me, lately Google Maps has been arbitrarily highlighting some features and ignoring other more important landmarks on-line. Recently, while scanning around Peoria on Google Satellite, one such… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger