We are very lucky to have these images of paintings of places in and around Maplewood by several local artists. The first three are by Ruth Grubb about whom nothing is known.
A now vanished home that once stood on the site now occupied by the American Legion Hall on Sutton interested Ms. Grubb enough for her to paint it. We're glad she did. Thanks go to Evelyn Detert of the American Legion for allowing this painting owned by the American Legion to be shown here.
Ms. Grubb's "Railroad Crossing in Maplewood" is of an intersection we've all driven under but most have never seen this pre-viaduct view of Big Bend and Greenwood.
"The Old Fyler Bridge" now exists only in a few memories, photos and Ms. Grubb's nicely painted scene. The Fyler Bridge was once an extension of Fyler Avenue over the River Des Peres. When the leaves are off the trees, the concrete supports can still be seen near Piccadilly and McCausland. The paintings, "Railroad Crossing" and "Fyler Bridge" are now in the collection of the Maplewood Public Library. Special thanks to Mike Gallina.
The Maplewood Cyclone by award-winning area artist, Steve Turner features the giant, cyclone, dust collector seen from several different angles. The Cyclone stood next to the chimney for the Maplewood Mill on Sutton for many decades. Thanks to Steve for this image.
The last painting by Sue Gray is of the only structure shown this week that we haven't lost, Woodside, Maplewood's oldest building. Woodside is at 2200 Bredell. Thank you, Sue.