Category Archives: Brick Theft

Another Summer for Brick Thieves

by Michael R. Allen This summer is no different than others in the past few years for brick thieves. On the 2500 block of West Sullivan in St. Louis Place, the south side of the street has been badly ravaged … Continue reading

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Brick Thieves and Brick Dealers

by Michael R. Allen After this week’s spate of fires in JeffVanderLou, Alderman Sam Moore (D-4th) proposes changing city ordinances to force brick thieves to pay back the amount of damage that they cause, instead of the current maximum of … Continue reading

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Depletion, West Evans Avenue

by Michael R. Allen This summer and fall, brick thieves have destroyed four houses on the 4200 block of West Evans Avenue in the Vandeventer neighborhood. Shown above are three of the houses, the privately-owned 4219 W. Evans (left) and … Continue reading

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Depletion, West Sullivan Avenue

by Michael R. Allen The north face of the 2500 block of West Sullivan Avenue in St. Louis Place, May 2008. The same view, October 2009. Out of this row of eleven small shaped-parapet brick houses, six have been destroyed … Continue reading

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NorthSide Depletion Continues

by Michael R. Allen The corner commercial building at 2501 Glasgow Avenue in better days, 2007.Call it collateral damage, block busting, destruction or just the cost of large-scale development — the term doesn’t matter. The reality is that within the … Continue reading

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Brick Thieves Strike Again on Montgomery Street

by Michael R. Allen The 2900 block of Montgomery Street has changed a lot in the last two years, and I covered the changes back in June (A Block of Montgomery Street Two Years Later. Brick thieves have laid claim … Continue reading

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Building Losses Continue to Accumulate in NorthSide Project Area

by Michael R. Allen The sad end of the McEagle-owned four-family flats at 2621 Sullivan Avenue in JeffVanderLou is complete. Brick thieves have taken down the sturdy historic building, leaving a pile of rubble. Last year, a small fire struck … Continue reading

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Brick Thieves Assail Presumed Legacy Property

by Michael R. Allen Criminals can work pretty damn fast, as the condition of the McEagle Properties-owned house at 1930-6 St. Louis Avenue shows. Two weeks ago, the vacant house was sound. Last Wednesday, the side wall had started to … Continue reading

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The Precarious Condition of Two Beautiful Houses on St. Louis Avenue

by Michael R. Allen Brick rustlers have returned to the lovely stone-faced house at 1930-6 St. Louis Avenue (see ““Who Would Destroy This Building?”, January 7, 2007). Most recently a funeral home, the house was first built in 1873 by … Continue reading

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A Block of Montgomery Street Two Years Later

by Michael R. Allen Yes, the congregation eventually sold the church voluntarily. I still remember the day back in 2006 when the pastor of the North Galilee Missionary Baptist Church called us at Landmarks Association of St. Louis asking for … Continue reading

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