Category Archives: Brick Theft

Lost: David Carter’s Saloon and Grocery

by Michael R. Allen A distinctive building in the northern reaches of The Ville is no more. In late August, the city wrecked the two-story, mansard-atop-brick mass at 4159 Ashland Avenue. This strange specimen sat on the sidewalk line on … Continue reading

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Brick Thieves Working Major Streets

by Michael R. Allen Out of sight, out of mind? Not brick theft. Brick thieves continue to strike abandoned buildings in north city, although the territory of operation has shifted westward. Two years ago, brick theft was prevalent in JeffVanderLou … Continue reading

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Aldermen Need to Pass Bill Increasing Brick Dealer Regulations

by Michael R. Allen The city’s brick theft crisis may be ended if the Board of Aldermen passes a proposed ordinance intact. Last Friday Alderman Freeman Bosley, Sr. (D-3rd) introduced a long-awaited new ordinance to tighten regulation of brick dealers. … Continue reading

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Depletion, Bacon Street

by Michael R. Allen Two pairs of houses had stood on the east side of Bacon Street just south of North Market Street since before the turn of the last century. Now, three of the four are reduced to ruins … Continue reading

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Brick Theft Before/After

We recently gave Bill Streeter, director and producer of Brick By Chance and Fortune, some 60 before and after images of north St. Louis buildings struck by brick thieves since 2005. Our photographs illustrate perhaps as little as one third … Continue reading

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More Depletion, West Evans Avenue

by Michael R. Allen There is a certain charm to the row of three stone-faced houses on the south side of the 4200 block of West Evans Avenue. The bracketed wooden cornices and stone sills with carved consoles add elements … Continue reading

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Where Stolen Bricks Go

by Michael R. Allen On December 7th, a resident of the Old North neighborhood caught a man stealing bricks from a stack in front of her house. When she asked him to put them back, instead of complying he hurried … Continue reading

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Brick Yard Loses Occupancy Permit

by Michael R. Allen Brick thieves have attacked the house at 1925 St. Louis Avenue in St. Louis Place in recent weeks. Read more about this block here. Yesterday the St. Louis Board of Adjustment revoked the occupancy permit for … Continue reading

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“Brick Thieves” Song

by Michael R. Allen For Bill Streeter’s Brick by Chance and Fortune (slated for completion in December), our town’s inimitable Pokey LaFarge has crafted a song about brick thieves that is chilling, smart and catchy. Tap your toes and learn … Continue reading

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Brick Thieves Go To Church

by Michael R. Allen Brick theft is an act that is neither novel nor particularly likely to spur strong response in St. Louis. Malcolm Gay’s excellent recent New York Times article on brick theft in St. Louis reported to the … Continue reading

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