Iowa Avenue House’s Days Are Numbered

by Michael R. Allen

Last year, the Community Development Administration issued a “last chance” call for a proposal to rehabilitate the vacant house at 3244 Iowa Avenue in Benton Park West, owned by the city’s Land Reutilization Authority. (See “Last Chance for 3244 Iowa Street” from May 9, 2010.) A few weeks later, Landmarks Association of St. Louis placed the beleaguered building in its annual Most Endangered Places list.

The house at 3244 Iowa Avenue as it was in early May 2010.

Yet no one took the last chance, and January 12 the city applied for a demolition permit for the small house. Since the house is a contributing resource to the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Streetcar Suburb District, the permit will require approval from the Cultural Resources Office.

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  • Frank

    We can bemoan loses like this all we want, but if no one steps up to save it, we hav only ourselves to blame.

  • Exactly.

  • Colleen

    Any shred of idea what it would cost to do a basic rehab? If only I had the $…I love little guys like this.

  • Jason Stokes

    I’ve got $100 I can kick in…

    Sad to see a place like this go. If I were 20 years older and in a similar financial situation I’d jump on it in a heartbeat.

  • Douglas Duckworth

    The rehab would be what 70 grand?

  • Colleen

    But you gotta have cash…no trad financial institution would lend…

  • John W.

    You don’t have to do it all at once. Private ownership stops demolition.

  • ^Doug, what does the Grand bus have to do with this? 🙂

    I hope someone steps in at the 11th hour to rescue this little guy. I wish I could.