Winds of change

Tuesday, June 08, 2010
"Things here never change."  This characteristic seems to be one of both the charms and frustrations people have about Saint Louis.  But looking back at some old photo albums that Randy and I have compiled over the years tells another story.  Many changes-- some big, some small, some bad, some good-- have occurred in the last ten years.  By no means is this a comprehensive collection of the city's recent evolution, but these are just a handful of subtle changes that my brother and I have captured incidentally over the last decade.

Weinberger Garment Company, near Washington & 14th Street.
Mural, Delmar & Hamilton.  (Now a vacant lot.)

Forest Park Parkway before overhaul.  Check out the original concrete wall.

St. Louis skyline, 2001 - the Century Building can be seen on the lower right.

Erlich's 4-Hour Shirt Laundry, 14th & Washington.  Now a vacant lot.  (Notice Marte Shoes across the street.)

Grand sign, Forest Park Parkway.

Pencil mural - permanently erased.  Building rehabbed into condos.

Rossino's - a longtime St. Louis mainstay.  Building rehabbed into apartments.

Golden Furniture building, N. Kingshighway.  Now a vacant lot.  

Washington Avenue before streetscape overhaul.

Fox Theatre before replica marquis replacement.

Newsstand, 8th & Locust.  Now the construction site for Roberts Tower.

Ahh, the good old days...

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Paul Hohmann on 08-Jun-2010 08:32 AM

Awesome photos! Thanks for the memories. Sometimes I really miss the old Washington Avenue.

Mark Groth on 08-Jun-2010 09:44 AM

Rossino's was a great place. And thanks for the photo of the building at Delmar/Hamilton. I've always been curious about what stood there.

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