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 properties and snaps portraits of the things and places people left behind.
"Some people don't really appreciate the photos.... It's just something that I'm drawn to," he says. "It would be really strange to have someone say, 'Oh, I grew up in that place,' or, 'I used to work there.'"More »
Happy Halloween, Daily RFT readers!
Don't waste your time with phony ghost stories. St. Louis has plenty of "real" tales of hauntings, possessions and more.
Here are three of our favorite St. Louis ghost stories. Click the title to read the full story.
1. The Bubblehead Family
Google Maps Carrico Road in North St. Louis County
Maybe they were the result of experimental drug testing gone wrong. Maybe years of inbreeding caused them to look like that. Either way, a family of swollen-headed spirits haunt Carrico Road just south of the Missouri River in unincorporated Florissant -- or so says the urban legend.
Editor's note: Riverfront Times has honored Philip Thomas's request that we remove the photos he shared with us. Also, the property manager for the Railway Exchange Building wants everyone to know that exploration of the building's vacant floors is expressly prohibited.
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What happens when a 1.2 million-square-foot shopping mecca goes dark?More »
Andrew Lemp Paulsen first visited his infamous family's marble mausoleum in Bellefontaine Cemetery as a toddler, and now at 28 he knows precisely where he'd like to be interred when the time comes.
Courtesy of Andrew Paulsen Andrew Lemp Paulsen, of Northern Illinois, clearly resembles his famous ancestors.
Paulsen is the great-great-great-grandson of William J. Lemp Sr., the German immigrant who made his family's eponymous brewery the largest of thirty breweries in St. Louis in just a few years. Today the Lemps are better known for the string of suicides and personal problems that derailed their company than they are for their once-famous lager.
But Paulsen says he came to St. Louis this year to offer guided tours of his family's private mausoleum and share never-before-seen heirlooms, to try and change the popular perception that his family is all about spooky ghost stories.More »
When Daily RFT first wrote about a collection of amazing photos from inside the closed Forest Park Hospital, it quickly became the week's most popular post. What's intriguing and eeire about urban explorer Nick Zulauf's photos is the careful documentation what got left behind. A child's trike. Rows of beds still made up with sheets and blankets. A pair of eyeglasses.
Nick Zulauf Obviously already haunted.
But beyond mere voyeurism, we also heard from readers who wanted to know why the pictures show so much medical and electronic equipment. Zulauf found laptop computers, heaps of old phones, televisions, heart monitors, surgical lights, scales -- even a bone saw.
Couldn't some of that medical equipment be useful? We endeavored to find out.More »
When Nick Zulauf arrived at Forest Park Hospital -- closed since May 2011 -- he says he saw a lone police officer at the entrance, seemingly there to keep out the riffraff.
Nick Zulauf The post-apocalyptic world of Forest Park Hospital.
Zulauf says he asked if it would be alright to take some pictures of the otherwise abandoned 567,000-square-foot building, and the cop said that was fine. Zulauf may have failed to mention that he meant pictures of the inside of the massive hospital.
"You really can't get in through any of the external doors," he says. "I found kind of a round-about-way behind an overgrown area. There's a little storm grate. It goes right into this basement."More »