This large scale, Then and Now project, includes historic and current-day photographs from over 150 buildings. The imagery displays the historic views of the city in comparison to present-day, showcasing the passage of time, the way things change and the way things stay the same. The series will also document the major revitalization that Alton is going through, by looking at the past, comparing it to the present, and planning for a brighter future. The images are not only nostalgic, but they also bring art through time. Allowing viewers to immerse themselves in the past, while simultaneously observing the present, and dreaming about the future for the City of Alton.

With a great city, community and team, we embark on a journey to save the once booming town of Alton. Bringing it back from its dilapidated condition, saving the historic integrity and developing it into ‘the healthiest, happiest city on the Mississippi river by 2029.’ My purpose is to tell the story of this town, from then to now.

Alton then - 1900’s -1990’s


Alton Now - 2019


WEST ALTON THEN - 1930’S - 1990’S



west alton now - 2019 - Additional images


1900’s - 1970’s historic imagery from the archives of Hayner Library

1993 flood imagery by Don Huber

2019 imagery by Jenna Carlie

Jenna has been working extensively on this project in conjunction with AltonWorks, Simmons Hanly Conroy, Giant City Properties and Rex Encore.

Special thanks to Don Huber, John Lindsay and Lacy McDonald.