Laced columns, riveted

Downtown St. Louis.
Laced columns are sexy, you know they are.

Eads Bridge:

Tension Member

A few weeks ago I was sitting in a Doctor's waiting room looking at a magazine when I noticed an article about the book my friends were praising: American City: St. Louis Architecture: Three Centuries of Design (click on the tile) and noticed the photographer was William ZBaren, an old friend I haven't see since my 20s. I emailed him through his web site and learned he was visiting St. Louis last week and I met with Bill and his partner, Robert Sharoff, for dinner.

I mentioned to Bill that it was serendipitous that we had both lived on Flad Ave. Flad was Eads chief engineer on the bridge and Bill, knowing my appreciation of the bridge, gave me a print of his photo.
I grinned the entire drive home.


Yesterday I drove down to the river just to focus on the eyebars (tension members) on the bridge:


Ohio and Utah

I strolled the 26 and 2700 blocks of Utah today.


Listing Houses and Chimney:

For Chris over at St. Louis Patina:

Marble staircase:

Fleur-de-lis anchor plate and an elevation designed to enclose the original copper downspout:

Decorative anchor plates or wall washers:


TGS Architecture Walking Tour

I'm hosting a TGS Architecture Walking Tour on Sunday, Sept 18. The tour will begin at Utah and Grand and will be lead by Architect, David Lott. David has volunteered to conduct two tours, one at 1PM, the next at 3PM.

The tours are a fundraiser for the TGS Block Captain Fund and the donation is 10.00 per person.

Please save the date and join us for an hour long walk through TGS and learn about our historic built environment.