Category Archives: Abandonment

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

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Following Time and Trauma Across the City: Two Exhibitions Opening This Weekend

by Michael R. Allen The City Inside/Out Opening Friday, June 7 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sheldon Art Galleries St. Louis’ built environment has been a yielding subject to many photographers over the years, from Emil Boehl to Charles Cushman … Continue reading

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Sustainable Land Lab Winners Revealed Next Week

by Michael R. Allen In St. Louis, vacant land is a huge problem. Yet the details are small: a single lot here, a moribund city-owned red-brick house there, or a dead gas station down the block. As the city struggles … Continue reading

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Seven Lost Buildings in Old North

by Michael R. Allen Last month my friend Emily Hemeyer invited me to contribute to a sprawling, wood-made installation called the Migratory Hive Project. The Migratory Hive Project was exhibited outdoors in Columbia, Missouri during the annual True/False Film Festival, … Continue reading

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Vacancy on Kensington Avenue

by Michael R. Allen Currently we are working on preparing a historic tax credit application for a property on the 5200 block of Kensington Avenue. The block is located behind the mighty, proud building housing Soldan High School, and slopes … Continue reading

Posted in Abandonment, Academy Neighborhood, North St. Louis | 3 Comments

“The Viability of St. Louis as an Urban Place”: Karrie Jacobs on Pruitt-Igoe and Northside Regeneration

In her Metropolis column this month, under the title of “Saint Louis Blues”, Karrie Jacobs reflects on her fall visit to St. Louis (she was keynote speaker at the FORM Contemporary Design Show). The column takes on both the Northside … Continue reading

Posted in Abandonment, North St. Louis, Northside Regeneration, Pruitt Igoe | 5 Comments

Sustainable Land Lab Competition First Phase Submission Due December 10

Led by Washington University in St. Louis, the Sustainable Land Lab kicked off with an event on Friday, November 2 at the Contemporary Art Museum. (By the way, Ron Sims’ moving talk from the kick-off is now available on the … Continue reading

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Losing More Buildings on Martin Luther King Drive

by Michael R. Allen In September and October 2007, the Land Reutilization Authority wrecked the three two-part commercial buildings at 4220, 4222 and 4224 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in the Ville. The demolitions hardly were startling. Alderman Sam Moore … Continue reading

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Fout Place Fading Away at Cook and Whittier

by Michael R. Allen Although heavily deteriorated, and possessed by a shadowy real estate speculator, the lonely large residence at the southwest corner of Cook and Whittier avenues remains a stunning example of local Richardsonian Romanesque residential design. The house … Continue reading

Posted in Abandonment, North St. Louis, Urban Assets LLC, Vandeventer | 3 Comments

Two Blocks of Utah Street

by Michael R. Allen Now that I live south of Tower Grove Park and work at Cherokee and Jefferson, my daily path has taken me through Benton Park West’s grid of state streets. Some blocks and buildings are familiar from … Continue reading

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