Some Buildings

One Saturday morning I had occasion to be on a parking lot near Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis. It was a family event promoting Missouri farming and agriculture. I took roughly one gazillion photos of my grandson, his mom and dad, and my wife. I also got in some photos of the buildings surrounding the area. I don’t know the names of most of the buildings.  I think the majority of new buildings in St. Louis (city an county) are kind of boring, but I do have two newer ones here that I like.

This first photo is one of the newer ones that I like.  It’s the 8th circuit federal courthouse, officially named the Thomas F. Eagleton Building.  Eagleton was a U.S. Senator from Missouri.   He was briefly the Democratic vice presidential nominee under George McGovern in 1972.  When news came out that Eagleton had a history of severe depression requiring hospitalization and shock therapy he, at McGovern’s request, resigned from running.  He remained in the U.S. Senate for a total of three terms.



I think this building is more interesting in a photo than in person.



Okay, not a building but it was in my viewfinder as I circled around. It’s one of the light banks for Busch Stadium.



Typical boring rectangular buildings that look a little nicer in photos, especially with a nice blue sky. Look in the lower left of the white building on the left. You’ll see a partial green dome. That’s the top of the old St. Louis Court House where the Dred Scott case was conducted. Want a brief reminder of what the outcome of the case was and its impact on slavery in the U.S.? See this.



Same two buildings as above with different angle and post processing.



This is the top of the St. Louis civil courts building. That’s a parking garage in the lower foreground; about two blocks away from the building.



The only thing that partially saves the building in the background are the mirror windows on a bright blue sky day.



Another shot of the Thomas F. Eagleton Building.



I like this building and I think it is fairly new. I looked it up on Google maps but could not find a name for it, even in 3-D view. I’m kind of curious what it is.

Thank you for stopping by.


All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 and a Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm zoom lens.

15 thoughts on “Some Buildings

  1. Fascinating images, awesome work with the window reflections! And I like that you took one gazillion photos of your family, I imagine your grandson is the prime subject. 🙂 My three grandsons just assume I have a camera glued to my hand!

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    • Thank you Donna. I spent the first 10 years of our marriage photographing (slide film) all the activities, indoors and out, with family or friends. The next 25 years I spent video taping all the activities of my family and our friends’ families. My wife, kids, friends, and their kids all know that if we get together for something they are going to be filmed. And now all the grandkids are learning that too. 🙂 Smart phones make it so much easier.

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      • Awesome. So many memories on film now. 🙂 I bought my oldest grandson who will be 7 in June and refurbished $79 Nikon Coolpix S6800 w/12x zoom for his 4th birthday and began teaching him. He’s now got a hobby with me and wants to get his camera out when I arrive. Of course, we look for birds. But on a trail walk once, he had to take a photo of a pile of poop we came across. LOL To each his own, right?!! 🙂

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      • So I looked up One Metropolitan Square. Turns out it’s not as new as I thought it was – built in 1989. Just shows you how often I get downtown or look up. 🙂


  2. Hmm, I don’t think I’ve seen your post appear in my feed at all! But never mind that, these shots are stunning. If buildings would look as good in person as in your photos, then we’d bump into one other all the time. My favorite is the Thomas F. Eagleton Building. Sad story too…

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    • Thank you Gabriela. Yes his was a sad story but no other choice. Even his own doctors testified that it was possible he could suffer depression again while Vice President. He will always be my hero though because he (actually his staff ) resolved a problem I had been having with the VA for over two months. They (his staff) literally resolved it in three days. I was getting checks I shouldn’t (college education under the GI Bill) and phone calls, mail, (not internet then), and an in person visit could not get them to stop. I sent a letter to Senator Eagleton with documentation of the screw up and copies of the check that I had marked VOID with a felt tip pen. I received a call from someone on his staff on a Monday morning. The agreed the situation was ridiculous and said they would look into it right away. That Thursday I got a call saying that the problem was resolved and that I didn’t have to do anything else other than forget about it. I was happy but never forgot about it because it just goes to show you that the VA was a bureaucratic mess even 40+ years ago.

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  3. The Eagleton building looks really sharp in the photos. That’s my favorite. I too, seem to be missing your posts in the WP Reader lately. I’ve never even come close to figuring out how the Reader aquires and sorts posts. I’m sure it will change shortly to some equally bizzare methodology.

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    • Thank you John. If you can find a place where you are in the midst of two or three interesting buildings it shouldn’t’t take too long. Just start turning around with your camera pointed up and shoot

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