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St. Louis in the late '90s/early 2000s!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Randy and I recently unearthed a treasure trove of old film photos we took all over the city in the late '90s and early 2000s.  Over the next several weeks, we'll be scanning them in and sharing them with you.  These are not professional quality by any means-- just everyday snapshots of our favorite city.  It's interesting to see how the city has changed over the last decade.  Enjoy...

14th Street Mall, Old North St. Louis, February 2001

Argyle Apartments, Lindell & Euclid (now the site of the Schlafly Library), 1997

Barnes Hospital (when it was just "Barnes"), 1997


Bi-State bus with old red/orange/yellow color scheme, 2001


Abandoned car wash, Delmar & Walton (now a vacant lot), 2001

Mural on fence surrounding the Century Building (downtown), 2002


City Hospital prior to condo rehab (the high-rise building is gone), September 2001


Stately old rowhouses on Delmar in Midtown (replaced with shitty suburban houses), 2001


Stix School, Euclid & Forest Park Parkway (now the site of the Parkway Hotel), 1997


Old 'GRAND' sign at Forest Park Parkway & Grand, August 2002


Old McKnight overpass on Highway 40 in Ladue, 1997


The Round Building on West Pine in the CWE (still pissed about this one), 1997


Old Shapiro's Market sign before it was blown down in a storm, 2000


Ridiculously long playground slide at Highway 40 and Big Bend in Richmond Heights, 1997


Remember this guy with the staff?  I used to see him everywhere... February 2000


Switzer Building, Laclede's Landing.  Now a vacant lot.  September 2000


World Cycle, Eastgate Avenue in The Loop, 1997


Randy posing with our favorite car, Blacura, in front of The Grind on Maryland Avenue, just back from a New York City road trip, 2001

An unforgettable view of lower Manhattan from the roof of the Fun Factory in Long Island City, Queens, June 2001

For more 1990s/2000s pics of St. Louis, check out our earlier post: Winds of Change.

MUCH MUCH MUCH MORE TO COME!!!!



Comments (21)

Joe Frank on 19-Apr-2012 02:52 PM

One slight correction: Eugene Field School still stands, converted to lofts on Olive at Taylor. The buildings demolished to make way for the BJH north parking garage and Parkway Hotel were Elias Michael School and William Stix School.

Jeff on 19-Apr-2012 03:02 PM

Corrected-- thanks Joe!

Jesse Mendica on 19-Apr-2012 05:28 PM

These are fantastic... I was always intimitaded going to the Grind. Never thought I was "cool enough." World Cycle was TRIP! Ever go see the "warehouse" room?! And, that playground with the slide was Legendary. This was a lot of fun to look through!

Heather on 20-Apr-2012 01:51 PM

Very cool images! It's interesting (and sad in some cases) to see how the city has changed. I can't wait for the next batch!

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Great pictures. Thank you so much for posting them. I too am still mad about the round building. I remember many of these places in such detail during the times I've lived in Brentwood, Laf. Sq., CWE and working downtown. Sad to see many of them gone.
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