Andrew Weil | St. Louis Public Radio

Andrew Weil

A statue of Jesus and a lake greet visitors to  Lake Charles Park Cemetery on St. Charles Rock Road.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

A few years ago, Betty Zweifel Eberley started tracing her family's history.

"I can't go back any further than 1816, my dad's great-grandfather," she told St. Louis Public Radio. "They came from Germany. I don't have a lot of stories to tell, but I have a lot of the pertinent information."

The Dodier-Sarpy house was at 2nd and Clark streets.
The Missouri History Museum

The European heritage of early every-day St. Louis architecture – the poteaux-sur-sol, Fachwerk and other construction – was explained and put into perspective by Landmarks Executive Director Andrew B. Weil recently.

The St. Louis Stamping Co. sits in the shadow of the proposed NFL stadium in St. Louis. The six-building complex, at Cass Avenue and First Street, Florida and Collins streets, was built in 1871 and 1913.
Google Streetview

Much has been made of what St. Louis could gain with a new NFL stadium, but what about the things it could lose?

The proposed plans for the stadium include demolishing two dozen buildings, including the St. Louis Stamping Co. buildings and the Cotton Belt Freight Depot. Both are part of the National Register of Historic Places, but that doesn’t provide protection — it denotes the building has historic significance.

An aerial view of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at 3200 South 2nd Street, the current headquarters for NGA West.

It’s a top national security facility in St. Louis that’s flown under the radar for years.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is hidden in plain sight on more than 20 acres that lie between the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Mississippi River. There are roughly 2,500 NGA employees there, working on highly secretive projects. The maps, charts and strategic intelligence they provide are used by the president, national policy makers and military leaders.

The Palladium Building today
Preservation Research Office

There have been rumors for a couple of years now that the Veterans Administration is interested in obtaining the Palladium building at 3618 Enright in order to expand the John Cochran VA Medical Center. For years, the Palladium was home to The Plantation Club.

In a commentary published by St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, Pokey LaFarge called for the preservation of the building where jazz greats performed for decades.

Pevely building in September 2012 before the sign came down.
Kristen Hare | St, Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 1, 2013: You know the saying there’s no use crying over spilt milk? Well, what about bricks?

After a tough fight, Saint Louis University got approval to tear down the Pevely Dairy complex at Grand and Chouteau last year, when the Planning Commission reversed the decision by the Preservation Board to protect the site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and allow SLU to build a new ambulatory care center.