When we last checked in with Forest Park Hospital, it looked abandoned, evacuated, even post-apocalyptic. The building perched above Highway 40/64 across from Forest Park had sat vacant for more than a year. "It's a little creepy because there are still things on. Things are buzzing, things are bee ... More >>
The end is near for the Castle Ballroom. Located at 2839 Olive Street, the music and dance hall that once hosted Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis faces imminent demolition. "The Castle Ballroom was a casualty of two weather catastrophes," says Eddie Roth, deputy chief of st ... More >>
By day, Patrick Devine slaves over designer macarons, tarts and cakes so intricately detailed they look like they were assembled by gnomes at La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935). But in his free time, Devine makes art in a very different way -- he enters abandoned proper ... More >>
Oftentimes the history of a city can be drowned out and forgotten by the present. But Francis Horton decided to create a reminder of the past by blending it with the present. In these seven photos, Horton, a 30-year-old IT professional, journalist, photographer, and army veteran who served in Iraq ... More >>
"Hi, Lloyd. Little slow tonight, idn't it?" Yes, it is Mr. Torrance. That's because since roughly the 1950s, the Gold Room at the Hotel Jefferson -- later renamed the Jefferson Arms when it became senior housing -- was essentially shut down. And though hidden and dilapidated, the spacious room appe ... More >>
St. Louis has a thriving community of urban explorers who delight in drawing back the curtain on strange, human-made and human-abandoned urban landscapes. We've featured photos of Forest Park Hospital, the condemned Powell Square building and the old downtown Macy's here on Daily RFT. Photographer ... More >>
What happens when a 1.2 million-square-foot shopping mecca goes dark?