Former Delmar Avenue Baptist Church

1 day 17 hours ago
The former Delmar Baptist Church at 4300 Delmar Boulevard, is a classic example of the Romanesque Revival style of houses of worship popular in the Central Corridor of the city. After leaving this location, the congregation moved to Skinker-DeBaliviere; they… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Current Affairs This Summer

2 days 17 hours ago
I went by the Theophile Papin House on the last Saturday of June. It’s being demolished. It’s sad, but honestly, it had been so heavily altered that it wouldn’t really have been feasible or worthwhile to restore it back to… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

German House, Lafayette Square

3 days 17 hours ago
One of the more spectacular buildings in St. Louis, the German House was the center of Teutonic culture in St. Louis for generations. Sadly, it is sitting vacant right now. It’s a huge building, and has a theater out the… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Chouteau’s Landing, June 2020

1 week 3 days ago
I took a look around Chouteau’s Landing a couple of Saturdays ago, and I still marvel at the stunning buildings that fill the area. Particularly after looking at Dubuque’s revitalization of its former industrial core, I wonder why that rebirth… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Washington Park Cemetery

1 week 4 days ago
I stopped by Washington Park Cemetery to check on how it was doing since the City of Berkeley took over custody of the historic African American burial ground. It had been going through at least thirty years of poor management… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Frenchtown, St. Charles

1 week 5 days ago
North Second Street in St. Charles goes through an interesting neighborhood named Frenchtown, not to be confused with the area of the same name in St. Louis just south of downtown. This area was developed after the original French settlement,… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Former St. Stanislaus Seminary

2 weeks ago
The old Jesuit St. Stanislaus Semimary is perhaps one of the oldest and most historic buildings in St. Louis County. When it was first built, it was far out in the country, and as the aerial photograph below demonstrates, was… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Former St. Mary’s Orphan Home

2 weeks 1 day ago
Now missing its central cupola and no longer functioning in its original purpose, St. Mary’s Orphan Home or Asylum stands on Emerson Avenue in the Walnut Park neighborhood. Originally it was probably out in the exurbs, built in 1909, but… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Mark Twain Elementary School

2 weeks 3 days ago
Mark Twain Elementary School is so trashed, that it is not even listed on the St. Louis Public Schools’ surplus property page (feel free to look and see if you can find it–I couldn’t). This school was paid for with… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger

Walbridge Elementary School

2 weeks 4 days ago
Walbridge Elementary, in Walnut Park, has some pesky trees in the way that make taking clear shots of its entire front facade difficult. Luckily a photograph from the 1950s shows just what a beautiful composition the school is. It was… Continue Reading →
Chris Naffziger
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