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Old Posted Nov 29, 2010, 11:36 PM
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Excellent tour. It's ridiculous that I haven't been to this city.
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Why not, you are only like 6 hours away, visit it for sure!
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Love these atmospheric photos. God, I love St. Louis.
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Simply amazing.
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I was with a business group on a trip to St. Louis back in 2001, and the first thing they saw was the route on the rail between the airport and downtown (pretty scary). I kept trying to tell the first time visitors about the wonderful neighborhoods, such as those shown in this thread. To me, the architecture in those neighborhoods is the most appealing of any I have ever seen, anywhere.
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Superb. I've got to visit STL some day.
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After my visit I truly think that STL has some of the best architecture out of any American city, even NYC, that might be stretching it though. Its pretty cool, in Ft. Smith Arkansas, there are a few buildings left over from the late 1800s that were built by a STL architect and its like a little slice of St. Louis in Arkansas. Theres little pieces of STL architecture spread all throughout the south from STL builders who went elsewhere.

Heres a picture of a building built by someone from St. Louis in the small East Texas town of Center during the mid 1880s by architect John Joseph Emmett Gibson who was originally from Ireland and built the Shelby County Courthouse.


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Theres little pieces of STL architecture spread all throughout the south from STL builders who went elsewhere.

Heres a picture of a building built by someone from St. Louis in the small East Texas town of Center during the mid 1880s by architect John Joseph Emmett Gibson who was originally from Ireland and built the Shelby County Courthouse.

Wow, that's really awesome. After Chicago shut down the far reaching western St. Louis empire, drawing even Kansas City into it's orbit, draw a line from St. Louis to San Antonio, and this was the new, albeit smaller hinterland, banking and otherwise, of St. Louis. Ft. Smith was smack in the middle, I've never seen any physical "evidence" of this, seeing as how that is the least explored corridor from St. Louis for me.
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Ft. Smith really only has about 2 buildings that are left that have St. Louis influences. They are two houses next to each other in one of the historic neighborhoods north of downtown that were built by St. Louis residents. They were both recently restored.


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Ft. Smith really only has about 2 buildings that are left that have St. Louis influences. They are two houses next to each other in one of the historic neighborhoods north of downtown that were built by St. Louis residents. They were both recently restored.
What?! Wow, I'm surprised to see anything.
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After my visit I truly think that STL has some of the best architecture out of any American city, even NYC, that might be stretching it though.
In terms of residential architecture I would agree. I only wish the streets were narrower in general. Oh, and that lots of it hadn't been obliterated for highways, projects and nothing. In terms of commercial architecture I'd say there was a time when we might have held our own against NYC, but now... not even close.

By the way, these photos are absolutely ridiculous. The night shots in particular are simply beautiful. Mine always look... well... dark. Yours have color!
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In Soulard the streets were pretty narrow I thought. Nothing like parts of Boston but thats to be expected I would think. Im sure before the arch destroyed the most historic part of the city, some of those streets probably felt a lot like parts of Greenwich Village or the Old North neighborhood of Boston.
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Nice pix. . .
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I love the detached row houses in St. Louis. They are truly stunning!
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Nice pictures. I was going to ask where that Soulard neighborhood is but you already covered it. Is it a bar district or do a couple of your pictures happen to show bars?

Those pictures of the old warehouse area are great.
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Soulard is more than just a bar district. It's a great neighborhood. Yes , there are a lot of bars, but I always thought that was a midwest thing...
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Soulard is a big neighborhood. Its centerpiece is Soulard Market- the oldest continuously operating farmer's market west of the Mississippi. The Anheuser-Busch brewery is located on the south end of the neighborhood. It is characterized by 19th-century red brick rowhouses and corner blues joints and casual bars. The neighborhood also has a large gay presence, so there are several gay bars as well. It is also home to the 2nd largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country:



It's astonishing to think that the 1947 plan rendered the entire neighborhood "obsolete" and called for its mass clearance. Thank god that didn't happen.
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What a terrible loss that would have been, yikes.
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do any of the saint louisans know what's going on with this place? i read somewhere that it was occupied and that the owners were rehabbing it... doesn't look that way from the pic. maybe my information is old.

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I wasnt there very long, quickly walked by obviously, but you can see some scaffolding on the side of the building. I believe it was being restored.
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