Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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dentist-st-pats-011Bates & Virgina Intersection
South St. Louis, MO

May the luck of the Irish be with you today.

At this intersection is an old building – built in 1912 – that can easily go unnoticed. The ground floor has been remuddled into a mute brown wooden shadow, and over the years it has been hard to discern if Raymond J. Skosky Family Dentistry was still actually open for business.

But he most certainly is, and I’m guessing that last year he got a new employee that noticed the three display windows facing out onto Bates, and decided to embrace the opportunity.

This past Christmas was when I first noticed an elaborate display in each window, and they have yet to miss a major holiday.


I had completely overlooked that St. Pat’s was coming up until I passed by the Skosky windows the other night.  So, not only have they made a majorily positive difference within their small section of the South Side, they are the most enchanting and reliable holiday calendar one could ask for.  Thank you for doing this!

5 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  1. That is such great news. Melts the heart with happiness. Thank you for sharing.

  2. If I remember correctly, I was told that Dr. Skosky’s mother decorates his windows. Very sweet.

  3. As much as I personally detest any seasonal/holiday decorating of my own, I absolutely love when others do it. The more over the top, the better in my world. I appreciate you capturing one modest attempt at adding cheer to our community.

  4. Hmmm. That area lies one exit north of mine on I-55. My brother once owned and rehabbed a tiny brownstone a mile or so down Bates, so I’ve driven past that intersection hundreds of times, if memory serves. A gas station and a 7-Eleven…? In any event, happy St. Pat’s in return!

  5. We live down the street and they’ve been decorating these windows for every holiday at least since we moved into the neighborhood 6 years ago. I’m glad you captured them, I’ve been wanting to photograph them for quite some time.

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