Category Archives: Architecture

Cochran Gardens Replacement Complete

by Michael R. Allen Looking northeast from the intersection of 9th and Carr streets, September 2009.Sometimes, it seems like historic buildings have to be demolished wholesale before their replicas get praised. The site of the public housing project Cochran Gardens … Continue reading

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A Weekend of Twentieth Century Architecture Ahead

First, Landmarks Association of St. Louis brings an exciting Architecture Weekend: Architecture Weekend Lecture: Modern Religious Architecture in St. Louis Date: Friday, July 24 at Noon Location: Architecture St. Louis, 911 Washington Avenue #170 Esley Hamilton, Preservation Historian for the … Continue reading

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Corner Storefronts Are Important to Building Community

by Michael R. Allen The corner storefront at the northeast corner of 25th and Howard streets dates to 1920.What’s a neighborhood without a corner commercial storefront? What’s a corner commercial storefront without a neighborhood? These questions are pertinent to the … Continue reading

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Tonight: Lecture and Book Signing on the Houses of Missouri

This evening, learn about the houses of Missouri at one of Missouri’s most important historic homes: Lecture and Book Signing: Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940Monday, May 11, 20097:00-9:00 P.M. Carol Grove and Cydney Millstein’s Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940 is the first … Continue reading

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St. Louis Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Unveils Website

by Michael R. Allen Courtesy of Michelle Kodner, the St. Louis Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians has a lovely new website. One of the best features of the site is that most chapter newsletters back to Fall 2004 … Continue reading

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Roberts Tower Rising Higher

by Michael R. Allen The Roberts Tower on Eighth Street downtown has reached the eleven-floor mark. The last downtown structure to reach eleven floors was the Ninth Street Garage in 2006. Before that, there was the convention hotel addition (completed … Continue reading

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A Ramshackle Masterpiece

by Michael R. Allen Welcome to the Family Thrift Store loacted on Fitzgerald Avenue in Gerald, Missouri. Gerald is a small town in Franklin County southwest of St. Louis. The Family Thrift Store building is a tour de force of … Continue reading

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The DeVille as the Holiday Inn

by Michael R. Allen In 1966, the DeVille Motor Hotel became a Holiday Inn after the Vatterott family purchased the building. The modernist motel had opened in 1963 as part of the New Orleans-based DeVille chain, and was designed by … Continue reading

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Lost: St. Ann’s Orphan Asylum

by Michael R. Allen St. Ann’s Orphan Asylum stood at the northwest corner of Page and Union from 1904 until the late 1970s, when it was demolished. Operated by the Roman Catholic Church, the asylum relocated to the city’s west … Continue reading

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Storefront Additions: Delmar Boulevard West of Vandeventer

by Michael R. Allen My recent post on the demolished Delmar Foods storefront addition reminded me of the trove of storefront additions on Delmar Boulevard between Vandeventer and Whittier streets. Some were lost before my time, for sure, but the … Continue reading

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