Architectural History

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Photograph by Chris Naffziger

It's unusual that these Gothic houses—constructed in wood, rather than stone—are still around. more

Dec 7, 2016 8:00 AM History


Photograph by Chris Naffziger

As the St. Ferdinand's complex in Florissant prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary, it finds itself at a crossroads. more

Sep 7, 2016 9:13 AM History


Photography courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Before the invention of pneumatic equipment and trucks, moving houses wasn’t so easy. more

Aug 18, 2016 6:00 AM Home


Photo by Chris Naffziger

In the early 20th century, the home at 2712 Samuel Shepard Drive housed the family of SaLees Kennard. Her father, Samuel Kennard, served in the Confederate army and was the first president of the Veiled Prophet Association. more

Aug 17, 2016 6:00 AM History 1 Comments

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Photograph by Chris Naffziger

Several St. Louis sites, including the James Clemons Mansion, made the list this year. more

Aug 10, 2016 8:00 AM History

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Photograph by Chris Naffziger

Miranda Rectenwald, Curator of Local History Archives & Special Collections at Wash U, allowed Chris Naffziger to examine a folder of Eads Bridge-related drawings and blueprints. The experience was revelatory. more

Aug 3, 2016 7:47 AM History


Photograph by Chris Naffziger

Architecture critic Chris Naffziger talked to three homeowners in St. Louis Place about being forced out of their homes before the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency takes over. more

Jun 16, 2016 10:54 AM History


Photograph by W.C. Persons, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

A look back at stained-glass artist Emil Frei Sr.’s Carondelet-neighborhood kitchen more

Jun 16, 2016 6:00 AM Home


Photograph by Chris Naffziger

Of course, this being St. Louis, the house sits abandoned, poorly secured, and in danger of eventual destruction. more

Jun 1, 2016 8:43 AM History 6 Comments


Photograph by Chris Naffziger

The Compton Heights House Tour was back with a vengeance this year after a 4-year hiatus. Lines snaked down the front driveway of the Magic Chef Mansion, as well as in front of the neighborhood's other grand homes. more

May 25, 2016 8:00 AM History


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This historic 1858 painting captures life at a home in what's now O’Fallon Park. more

Apr 14, 2016 9:57 AM Home

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Courtesy of Jerreld Fisher

LRA threatened to take the home of senior citizen, widower and navy veteran Jerreld Fisher—because he fell slightly behind on a payment plan for $1,500 in back taxes. Project Raise the Roof is helping him raise funds to buy the house back. more

Mar 29, 2016 12:26 PM History


Photograph by Chris Naffziger

On March 20, the St. Mary of Victories is hosting a “Mass Mob,” inviting Catholics and others from around the region to worship and support the church. more

Mar 16, 2016 8:28 AM History


Lithograph by J.C. Wild, from Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum Photograph and Prints collection.

Auguste Chouteau's French Créole mansion played host to Lewis and Clark in 1803. more

Feb 18, 2016 6:00 AM Home 1 Comments


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At one time, two Blossom Family Homes graced St. Louis neighborhoods. Now, only one survives—and it barely dodged the wrecking ball. more

Dec 18, 2015 6:00 AM Home