Presenting a collection of St. Louis bricks, sidewalk markers, and the Fleur-de-lis as architectural detail on and in city buildings, brick collecting, urban exploration, and my life by Christian Herman. Reporting from Tower Grove South in St. Louis, MO.
Driving with Darren
My Friday afternoon outing with Darren took us to Cates and Clarendon where I spotted the mini turret below. Our tour was restricted to the area bordered by Goodfellow, Delmar, Page, and Kingshighway.
And across the street this abandoned four family:
This building baffled me. Someone started to apply white paint and stopped. The board up wasn't completed. The arches and the quoining resonate.
And those bricks, they are gold.
Darren applauding the gold brick:
The third corner:
Look closely at the columns on the front of this house on Raymond Ave. The capitals blew out and were covered by siding. No shit, check that out! This was the first time I've ever seen blown terra cotta capitals. I'm guessing because the very top of the capital was exposed the freezing water blew out the seams. See the other photos below that support this theory.
Truly exceptional brickwork on Raymond Ave:
Blown out capital:
Brick retaining wall on Academy and Raymond:
Fluer-de-lis above the porch:
Take a drive on Shawnmut for some unique Arts and Crafts homes:
Most shallow building award. Check out the lack of depth: