Author Archives: Michael R. Allen

Modernism in Motion on South Grand: The Hamiltonian Federal Savings and Loan Association Building

by Michael R. Allen Grand Avenue soon will feature two striking examples small modernist buildings imaginatively adapted for food-based businesses (the “flying saucer” at Council plaza hopefully needs no introduction here). South Grand’s lone glass box, the Hamiltonian Federal Savings … Continue reading

Posted in Mid-Century Modern, PRO Projects, South St. Louis, Tower Grove East | 7 Comments

For Sale, Cheap: Hole In Ground Where Historic Movie Theater Once Stood

by Michael R. Allen Lately, the unkempt stretch of dirt — not shown here, too bleak for the holiday season — where the Avalon Theater once stood has sported a for-sale sign with a slapped-on price of $125,000. That price … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, South St. Louis, Southampton | 12 Comments

Building the General American Life Insurance Company Building

by Michael R. Allen Among the collections of the Preservation Research Office is a stock of amateur photographs showing changed in the St. Louis built environment at the last century’s middle point. Our collection draws from many anonymous urban gazers … Continue reading

Posted in Downtown, Mid-Century Modern, PRO Collection | 5 Comments

Can Historic Preservation Handle the “Buffalove”?

by Michael R. Allen In her newly-posted TED talk, bespectacled and bubbly ambassador of “Buffalove” Bernice Radle talks about young energy in historic preservation. Watch the video above. The one point that stuck with me was Bernice’s discussion of the … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Preservation | 4 Comments

Buildings Are Assets, Even in Grand Center

by Michael R. Allen On October 17, Grand Center, Inc. applied for a demolition permit for the curious hybrid building at 3808 Olive Street. Today, crews were “doing taps” — removing the connections between the building and the city’s water … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Grand Center, Midtown, Rightsizing | 4 Comments

Better Late Than Never: Mothballing the Pevely Dairy

by Michael R. Allen Returning from trips out of town, I found that St. Louis University’s medical school had finally started mothballing the old Pevely Dairy Building. One year ago I wrote that Pevely was still usable and that the … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Preservation, South St. Louis | 5 Comments

Catch Us This Saturday

The PRO crew will be sharing what we know this Saturday, October 19 at two events. City Homes and Neighborhoods Saturday, October 19 / 10:30 AM Missouri History Museum PRO Affiliated Architectural Historian Lynn Josse will tell you how to … Continue reading

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No Deadline for Building Stabilization in Northside Bill

Tomorrow the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee of the Board of Aldermen will consider Board Bills 199 and 200, which pertain to Paul J. McKee Jr.’s Northside Regeneration project’s tax increment financing request. The committee meeting starts at 10:00 … Continue reading

Posted in Historic Preservation, North St. Louis, Northside Regeneration | 15 Comments

Downtown St. Louis Has a Secret Ballroom

by Michael R. Allen The relocation of St. Louis University’s School of Law into a transformed building at Tucker and Pine streets has helped Tucker Boulevard regain some its lost title to being downtown’s most important north-south street. Students and … Continue reading

Posted in Abandonment, Downtown | 30 Comments

The Charles H. Duncker Residence: A Falling Castle on Page Boulevard

by Michael R. Allen In St. Louis, the city’s preservation ordinance creates review of demolition permits on architectural and historic merits only in designated districts. These districts are designated by aldermen and generally follow ward boundaries, although with redistricting and … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Historic Preservation, North St. Louis, Vandeventer | 6 Comments