Certainly, St. Louis is a city of contrasts, and Ellendale, on our far western border, is a firm example. It’s 130-year history includes successes in industry (Scullins Steel) and failures in renewal (St. Louis Marketplace); interestingly and somewhat ironically, the latter sits on the exact site of the former. Nonetheless, Ellendale has persisted through the years, and this fact offered for some exciting architectural variety to photograph. Here, shotgun style and flounder houses rub elbows with Victorians, and apartment buildings sit across the street from sprawling industrial complexes. “Encrustation” is visible everywhere, from attached garages converted into living spaces, to brick homes with wood or vinyl-sided expansions. Even so, the area appears very well-maintained, and thoroughly “lived-in”; it is a working class community with an expansive heritage and a lot of heart.
Old North Saint Louis is a neighborhood of distinction that is experiencing a rebirth. From arts advocacy groups, to restauranteurs and building developers, to a committed and close-knit community, Old North Saint Louis continues work to reclaim its former glory.
photograph by Siobhan Lestina
The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the Nation, and it is entirely free to visit (sans some of the special exhibits), making it a tremendous cultural asset for the city.
The Museum itself is a Beaux Arts-style structure (designed by Cass Gilbert) and sits atop Art Hill; a position of grandeur that it has held ever since its construction as the Palace of Fine Arts for the World’s Fair of 1904. If you happen to approach from the Grand Basin, it is easy to understand why many St. Louisans refer to SLAM as the “crown-jewel of Forest Park”.
photograph by Dan Henrichs Photography, St. Louis
St. Louis’ favorite place to relax and unwind is undeniably Forest Park. Opened in 1876, this 1,371-acre green space is one of the largest urban parks in the country, and hosts many attractions including the St. Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, The Muny (a municipal theatre), and Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, among others. It is also a fabulous place to walk; I have personally spent countless hours wandering the trails of the John F. Kennedy Forest and beyond.
Hiding out in the far southern tip of the city is a wonderful, historic neighborhood with architectural characteristics representing a Creole and (later) German heritage. The Patch is a true gem that is often overshadowed by the larger Carondelet neighborhood to its north and west. This is a shame because The Patch has a lot to offer, from one-of-a-kind stone buildings (some Civil War era), to fantastic restaurants and shops, to great craft beer.
The mission of KDHX is to build community through media, with diverse and independent voices that enrich the perspectives of our audiences. We promote civic and cultural participation by providing the tools, technology, and training vital to informed, creative expression.
In St. Louis, we are lucky to possess a richly vibrant arts scene, including excellent theaters, great music venues, galleries, and more. Since 1987, KDHX had been a unifying and supportive thread in this cultural fabric. 88.1FM is the frequency through which many St. Louisans receive exposure to exciting new bands, upcoming local events, and community-building opportunities. What is extremely unique about the connection that KDHX has to the city is that it is entirely independent and locally managed (few cities around the country, including larger metropolises, have a resource like this, unconnected to religious or educational organizations).
KDHX is currently embarked upon an unprecedented expansion of its facilities in acquiring and remodeling a downtown building to become the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media and the Station’s future headquarters. This structure, located in Grand Center, will be home to a cafe, a music venue, and a recording studio, as well as, broadcasting booths and offices for KDHX’s excellent staff. The Capital Campaign for this exciting transition is in full effect; find ways to show your support here.