Category Archives: Architecture

Celebrate Obama Inauguration with Esley Hamilton

On January 20th, the day Barack Obama will be inaugurated as President of the United States, area residents will have the opportunity to consider his predecessors at a talk in University City. Esley Hamilton, Preservation Historian with the St. Louis … Continue reading

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Art Deco on Natural Bridge

by Michael R. Allen The narrow two-story commercial building located at 4712 Natural Bridge Avenue in north St. Louis sports exquisite terra cotta in the art deco style. While the smooth buff glazing is eroding, the terra cotta’s fine, curved … Continue reading

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The Egyptian Temple in North City

by Michael R. Allen Those who use Natural Bridge Road know that St. Louis has an Egyptian temple, adorned with obelisks, cartouche-style medallions and pagan female figures in relief. Standing out even among the showy architecture of north St. Louis … Continue reading

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Kraushaar Brass Manufacturing Company

by Michael R. Allen I frequently pass by this industrial building at 2509 N. Broadway in the north riverfront industrial corridor, and have long wondered about the distinctive stepped south elevation. On that side, the parapet steps up a full … Continue reading

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SLU Purchases Mansion on Washington Boulevard, Plans Demolition

by Michael R. Allen The house at 4056 Washington in 2007. In October, St. Louis University paid $150,000 for the mansion at 4056 Washington Boulevard. The house was in foreclosure. Underneath layers of paint are the lines of idiosyncratic gilded … Continue reading

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Lost: Tudor Revival Apartment Building on Warne Avenue

by Michael R. Allen The other day, I passed the southwest corner of Warne and Greelea avenues in the O’Fallon neighborhood and noticed that the apartment building once on the site was gone. The photograph above shows that building, whose … Continue reading

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Locust Street Canyon

by Michael R. Allen The view east from 11th Street of Locust Street in downtown St. Louis is encouraging. The differentiation of building heights, materials and styles gives the scene a truly urban complexity. Changes are in store as the … Continue reading

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Roberts Tower Rising Downtown

by Michael R. Allen On one hand, we have what could be the start of a major economic recession. On the other hand, we have the first high-rise residential building in 40 years currently rising downtown. On one hand — … Continue reading

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Architecture St. Louis’ First Exhibit Opens on Friday

Following the launch of educational programs at its new downtown home, Architecture St. Louis, Landmarks Association of St. Louis hosts its first public exhibit opening at the new space this Friday, October 10. In conjunction with the American Institute of … Continue reading

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Valley Park’s Modern Post Office

by Michael R. Allen Valley Park, Missouri has a little Modern Movement United States Post Office that packs a large architectural wallop. Located at 305 St. Louis Avenue, essentially the building is a one-story brick box. There are no frills. … Continue reading

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