Category Archives: James Clemens House

Questions for Northside Regeneration

by Michael R. Allen The Missouri Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling issued yesterday affirming the Northside Regeneration redevelopment ordinances means “we’re open for business,” in the words of company leader Paul J. McKee, Jr. Of course since Circuit Court Judge Robert … Continue reading

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This Building Matters #2: James Clemens, Jr. House

On Christmas Eve, we visited a hallowed site in our city’s architectural heritage: the James Clemens, Jr. House. The condition of the house and its still-evident beauty moved Steven Fitzpatrick Smith, who joined us for the visit. As the video … Continue reading

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Clemens House Update

by Michael R. Allen Readers are always asking what is the status of the James Clemens, Jr. House complex, which includes the mansion designed by Patrick Walsh (1860), a dormitory addition (1887) and the chapel wing by Aloysius Gillick (1896). … Continue reading

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James Clemens, Jr. House Stabilization Underway

by Michael R. Allen At long last, there has been some stabilization work underway the James Clemens, Jr. House. In the last two months, crews working for Northside Regeneration LLC have removed debris, removed all asbestos, lead and PCBs and … Continue reading

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McKee’s Open Letter on the Future of Northside Regeneration

by Michael R. Allen Before the end of 2010, the Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded $8 million in Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credits (DALATC) to Paul J. McKee, Jr.’s Northside Regeneration LLC. Because of a St. Louis Circuit … Continue reading

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MHDC Approves Two Major North St. Louis Projects

by Michael R. Allen Last Friday, the Missouri Housing Development Commission met and approved financing for two projects involving large historic buildings in north St. Louis. The former Blind Girls Home at 5235 Page (1908; J. Hal. Lynch, architect) will … Continue reading

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Have You Seen These Interior Pediments?

by Michael R. Allen Photograph by Landmarks Association of St. Louis, 1982.Have you seen this lovely dentillated pediment? It once was the crown of a door casing inside of the first floor hall of the James Clemens, Jr. House at … Continue reading

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A (Legitimate) Look Inside of the Clemens House

by Michael R. Allen On Sunday, Landmarks Association of St. Louis wrapped up its annual Preservation Week with a tour of the James Clemens, Jr. House at 1849 Cass Avenue in St. Louis Place. That’s right — Landmarks offered a … Continue reading

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Clemens House Moves Closer to Rehabilitation

by Michael R. Allen Rendering courtesy of Robert Wood Realty. Developer Robert Wood’s $13 million plan to rehabilitate the long-beleaguered James Clemens House at 1849 Cass Avenue, illustrated above, is moving closer to reality. In collaboration with owner McEagle Properties, … Continue reading

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Video Tour of the James Clemens, Jr. House

by Michael R. Allen In September, as part of a tour of St. Louis Place and Old North, I guided the Rehabbers Club around the grounds of the James Clemens, Jr. House. Jeff Seelig captured the end of the tour … Continue reading

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