Ghost Sign on Centene Center for the ArtsJanuary 27, 2010
Today, while reading Misfit Stream, a great River des Peres resource (there is so much information out there about this river), I stumbled upon a historic photograph with a familiar looking building – the Continental Life.
Just above and to the left of the bowling pin on the right side of this photo is a painted sign for the INTL ASSN of Machinists. This same sign is still visible today on what is now the Centene Center for the Arts.
Although it is quite faded, the wording is still fairly legible at the right side of this photo. The harsh juxtaposition of a busy, dense, street with one that is now all but abandoned is a little bit sad, but it should inspire us to restore Grand Center into an area that better reflects its Grand history.