Cities in Focus: Tour St. Louis by Instagram

Posted on: February 5th, 2014 by Grant Stevens 10 Comments

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: stlgasm
Photo courtesy of @stlgasm, Jeff Vines

One medium in particular is fascinating the Community Outreach team these days: Instagram. We have an Instagram account that we use for our on-the-ground work, and several other preservation groups do too -- for example, the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance in Philadelphia is using the hashtag #LovePhillyBuildings2014 during February, and Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Calif., is using Instagram for contests and promotion.

For our final St. Louis Cities in Focus post, I wanted to highlight some of the exceptional St. Louis Instagrammers I discovered as well as some of the places readers mentioned I missed in the first blog post. To quote Instagrammer Jeff Vines: "The reports are true -- St. Louis is dangerous. Dangerously beautiful!"

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: dmeek
#STL #House -- @dmeek

Demond Meek  is a photographer in St. Louis who has been featured on Instagram for his photographs of buildings with the hashtag #SlumBeautiful.

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: stlmuralprojectt
RISE Coffee in the grove has a beautiful mural on the side of their building executed by the folks at @work_play. Public art is everywhere in #STL. -- @stlmuralproject, STL Mural Project

St. Louis has many great neighborhoods, and one of our blog readers mentioned The Grove as offering "... a fun blend of upbeat energy with relaxed, easy-going ambiance." This photo of a mural in the Grove has us anxious to see the STL Mural Project come to life!

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: pattieofurniture
#fall #forestpark #stl #slam #stlouisartmuseum -- @pattieofurniture

Another neighborhood several commenters mentioned was Forest Park. The area around the park is a beautiful residential neighborhood, and the Park itself was home for both the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 (known as the 1904 World's Fair) and the 1904 Summer Olympics. One of the only structures designed to remain after the Fair was the Palace of Fine Arts, now known as the St. Louis Art Museum.

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: mixxxftiarmy
#lemp #stl #mo #stlouis #midwest #missouri #sky #building #day2night #day # street -- @mixxxftiarmy, Matthew Goodman

The Lemp Brewery complex of 27 buildings (the main building is pictured above) is a storied part of St. Louis' history, though it hasn't been used to brew beer since 1920. The underground caves used for storing and brewing beer before refrigeration also provided a route to the Lemp Mansion, which now operates as the Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn and is rumored to be haunted.

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: makossa1
Where am I? -- @makossa1

If you guessed this scene as the view from the St. Louis Gateway Arch, you are correct! This picture is looking west from the top of the Arch (the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) toward downtown St. Louis. You can see the Old Courthouse in the middle of the picture; the second green patch is Kiener Plaza; and the third is CityGarden!

St. Louis Instagram. Credit: stylevines
“Hey, my name is St. Louis and I’m the coolest city in the world.” @stylevines, Randy Vines

Randy Vines is a major STL booster and one of the two brothers (Jeff has the cover photo for this post) who run STL Style. We couldn’t agree with the caption on his photo more: “Hey, my name is St. Louis and I’m the coolest city in the world.”

Next up for our Cities in Focus blog series: Boise, Idaho. Do you have suggestions of projects, people, or general awesomeness we should profile? Send ‘em to Grant Stevens, gstevens [at] savingplaces [dot] org. Thanks!

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Grant Stevens

Grant is the Manager of Community Outreach at the National Trust. He's proud to be from a Main Street Community and the Black Dirt Capitol of the World – Conrad, Iowa! Growing up on a farm, he always loved going to town and looking at the historic buildings. Now a resident of DC, Grant enjoys reading, running, and anything rural.


10 Responses

  1. Urb

    February 5, 2014

    Gorgeous! SEE? Told ya!

  2. Cyril Keiser

    February 6, 2014

    Such a pretty real photography, I love to see this post. I am totally agreed with you Grant, that “St. Louis is dangerous, and Dangerously beautiful!”. Thanks for sharing this Information with us.

  3. MAKossa

    February 6, 2014

    Thanks for including my photo! Great article. Cheers. @makossa1

  4. Andrew

    February 6, 2014

    Thanks for the coverage of our beautiful city. One of the coolest things about St. Louis is the fact that the beautiful historic homes you see in these images are incredibly affordable. This whole city is a rehabber’s dream. Come on down folks, St. Louis is open for business.

    One correction though, the Lemp caves connected to the old Lemp mansion which no longer exists at the corner of Cherokee and DeMenil Place. The later Lemp Mansion (late 1860s) does not connect to the caves.

  5. DarkBalck Wind

    February 7, 2014

    Hi, Very nice photos, significant structure must preserve because it is the landmark
    of a particular place which speak for itself
    San Francisco Historic Preservation

  6. Steven Aubuchon

    February 9, 2014

    Great pics Grant! As an alum of SLU now living in Delaware, I enjoy visiting the mid-town neighborhoods when I come back to St. Louis. The area around SLU has some beautiful Gilded Age gems which I never appreciated while a student. Keep up the great work!!

  7. Annette Crawford

    February 28, 2014

    My love for architecture and restoration came from my childhood in St. Louis. The respect I had for our city’s history and its beautiful old homes made me the person I am today. I was fortunate to grow up in “The Grove” before it was “The Grove.” I literally grew up in Tower Grove Park. My father was a landscape foreman there for 30 years. We first lived in the gatekeeper’s home that faces S. Kingshighway. That house was built in 1870. We then moved to the 3-story red brick home that faces Magnolia and is near Heger Ct. You can read about my fascination with preservation at my blog post:

  8. Joy Morris

    February 28, 2014

    I really enjoyed these beautiful photos. I lived in St. Louis for 7 years and these photos brought back wonderful memories. St. Louis is one of America’s best cities.

  9. Joy Morris

    February 28, 2014

    Thank you for these beautiful photos!

  10. Roberta Herman

    February 28, 2014

    I really enjoyed the great pictures of St. Louis. thanks