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Finding St. Louis' Famous Flounder Houses

Let’s first get something straight: the flounder house style in St. Louis did not originate out of an attempt to trick the tax man into thinking a house was incomplete, therefore lowering a homeowner’s bill. more »

Mar 4, 2015 8:40 AM History 1 Comments

The stackers of brick, St. Louis City. Photograph by Jason Gray

A Day Spent With the Men and Women Who Harvest Bricks from St. Louis’ Demolished Historic Buildings

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. And that job is dirty in both a literal and figurative sense. It’s the harvesting of bricks from collapsed, demolished or brick-rustled buildings. more »

Feb 25, 2015 8:30 AM History

Photography courtesy of the Missouri History Museum, Bartlett Family Glass Plate Negative Collection

Snapshot: Laundry Lists

A 1900 laundry manual lists 48 things you need before you can wash a single sock: an agate pan, a copper kettle, a wringer, a clothes horse, a bosom board, French chalk, kerosene, beeswax, small pointy irons… more »

Feb 20, 2015 11:33 AM History

Looking north up 23rd Street in St. Louis Place. Photograph by Chris Naffziger

A Requiem for St. Louis Place

As long as St. Louis Place is held hostage to “big plans,” this historic neighborhood will continue to languish in obscurity. more »

Feb 18, 2015 8:44 AM History

South Broadway Athletic Club, April 2014. Photograph by Byron Kerman

A Mardi Gras Last Call for the South Broadway Athletic Club?

To hear of the SBAC going to the web for crowdfunding feels as likely as a dog piloting a rocket to moon. Oh, it could happen someday, but… really? In 2015? more »

Feb 12, 2015 9:28 AM History 2 Comments

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