Last time we left off at Gravois. We need to backtrack to get a few photos we missed last time, then we'll head north into the Tower Grove area. I don't know the story behind this little structure sitting outside an abandoned McDonald's, but I agree with the sentiment. Remember back in 1976, all those red, white and blue fire hydrants? I wonder if this is a leftover Bicentennial relic. This bank was in business still when I first moved to St. Louis but shut down a couple of years later. They're supposed to be turning this building into condos, but I'm wondering if the project has stalled. Nothing other than a banner seems to mark the progress. Love the architecture, even if the eagles have a creepy Hitleresque Third Reich feel to them. Never mind Washington University, here's St. Louis' premiere institution of higher learning. Lead poisoning is no joke here in STL, where the housing stock is so much older than what you find in most American cities. Our schools are believed to be filled with kids exposed to lead-based paint in decrepit old houses. If you ever wanted to learn anything about Pius V, the relief on this eponymous church is the next best thing to Wikipedia. North of Wyoming, Grand becomes a really lively stretch transitioning from semi-ghetto to a multi-ethnic mix. St. Louis is hardly a melting pot, but here's where all sorts of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures mix with lots of urban hipsters. This is a great pedestrian area in a city that has more than a few great pedestrian areas. Excellent! Hookahs and Pabst Blue Ribbon. What more do you need? Here's my favorite antique shop, TFA, a really affordable retro shop. I stopped in and bought about $12 worth of old postcards. I'll post them here soon. St. Louis is hardly San Francisco, but this area is as gay as it gets in the Gateway City.