Monday, March 10, 2008

Daily Dose of Blairmont 9

Such a beautiful, distinctive intersection this was! At a turn in the street grid, where Glasgow crosses St. Louis Avenue, the city's builders put forth their best efforts, simple but strong and handsome buildings vying to outdo one another in their elegance.

As of 2008, Blairmont has destroyed all these buildings.
    From left to right, we have:
  • 2845-2847 St. Louis Avenue (VHS Partners, August 2004)
  • 2854-2856 St. Louis Avenue (VHS Partners, November 2005)
  • 2858 St. Louis Avenue (VHS Partners, November 2005)

March 26, 2007

November 25, 2005

The little turreted flatiron building was a keynote for St. Louis explorers, the kind of building that makes a wandering architecture fan stop the car and pull out the camera, then brings them back to the spot again and again. Its neighbors across the street provided an elegant background for it.

The two neighbors suffered brick rustler attacks in 2007, losing parts of their back sides. The thin Italianate building was demolished in February 2008; its broader neighbor was already gone.

May 6, 2007

February 11, 2008

The whole intersection was a minor crescendo, part of a swelling movement toward Grand Avenue to the west, a lyrical moment among the already rich background of the city's vernacular buildings. But the moment is gone, the symphony torn apart and stomped upon.

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