A Blog detailing the beauty of St. Louis architecture and the buildup of residue-or character-that accumulates over the course of time.
I'll try to be #60 if I can get this software to work on my laptop! And, I encourage you to visit Wilmington NC as a wonderful way to see renovated waterfront that (to this layman)is nicely re-done without losing the grandeur of the original looks, esp. the nearby homes. Railroad museum area also is interesting.
I don't "follow," your blog, but I have subscribed to your RSS feed. :)
I visit at least once a day, but becoming a "follower" is beyond my ken with 'puters.
I had been to Built St. Louis before, but just discovered your St. Louis Patina, and I have been haunted the many days lately I have looked at every single post and picture. I was born in 1947 in Wellston and left St. Louis in 1967. In 1950 we had moved to Northwoods, but my mom's big family was in Wellston and we were always there. Yes, we were outside the city limits, but I still felt a real part of the city of St. Louis. My dad was a jazz piano player (played at the Chase for years) and I know that he and my mom and all the young people of their day, in the 40's, hung out in Wellston -- a swinging night-club area then. Then, in my teen years (Normandy High), my older brother lived in the Gaslight District, so I hung out there a lot also. Well, I guess I added to the problem in my own way by leaving -- not to the suburbs but to California. But anyway, all your pictures of homes and buildings and neighborhoods of St. Louis really are meaningful to me -- we rode around the city a lot, by car, by streetcar, bus, etc., and I "feel" these places, the memories seared into my very cells, when I look at your pictures. I haven't been back in a long time, and don't know if I will; no family is left there anymore. But I have such strong feelings for what a very special city St. Louis was, and I still hold out hope that it can be revitalized in a meaningful way. I know that certain pockets of areas are thriving, but the city as a whole seems not to quite get it together, from my understanding of what goes on there. And by the way, a big part of the reason I left and could never live there again is the weather! The summers, specifically. And by now, I am totally spoiled by moderate, ocean-breeze-cooled San Diego. So, Chris, I want to thank you for your caring about St. Louis, and to all the commenters here also who care about St. Louis. I still really do. I always was "proud" to say I was from St. Louis, believing it a really cool city; but nowadays I believe people think, oh, you're from the crime capital of the US? They have no idea. Thanks again! .....kathy