Historic Architecture

If you've been to the blog before, you know that one of the few things I probably love more than tools is historic architecture. Since I do love it so much, I've made a habit of featuring it where I can find it, which for me, is in downtown St. Louis.

You can find a sampling of links to some of my architectural posts below. If this is a feature you like, check back regularly as I'll be both archiving older entries AND adding new ones.

St. Louis Architecture: Union Trust

I see the Union Trust or 705 building just about every day. I catch the bus very near it each day. I'm still not tired of it.

Granted, its groundview storefronts are funky looking. They are in serious need of an update.

They are, unfortunately, a shadow of the beautiful building that was completed in November 1893. At 15 stories, it was the tallest building in St. Louis at the time. Read more.

Historic St. Louis: Gateway to the West, Part 1

I love the Arch. I heart the Arch. I adore the Arch.

I see the Arch almost every day of my life, from varying distances and at various angles. Some mornings I watch the sun climb one of its legs. Other days, I'm amazed by the view of it completely engulfed in sunlight, often accompanied with a backdrop of billowy white clouds in a bright blue sky. Like this.
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Downtown Architecture, Part 2

If the devil truly is in the details where architecture is concerned, sign me up for a tour of Hell! And when it comes to details, it's hard to beat the Railway Exchange Building. This has always been one of my favorites. Maybe because I logged so many hours of my youth there as the building shares space with the former Famous-Barr (now Macy's) store which has occupied it from Day One.

Even as a teen, I marveled at its many beautiful features. Read more.