Category Archives: Collapse

Preserving Tillie’s Corner in JeffVanderLou

by Emily Kozlowski The three brick townhouses of 1349-1353 N. Garrison Ave. were once a staple of the neighborhood, as the community grocery store named Tillie’s Corner. Lillie Pearson, known as “Miss Tillie”, bought the first building in 1948 and … Continue reading

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Lafayette Avenue Row House Collapsed

by Michael R. Allen As I feared, the row house at 2804 Lafayette Avenue was destabilized by last year’s demolition of its party-wall neighbor and has substantially collapsed. (See “Two for One on Lafayette Avenue”, November 16, 2010.) The forthcoming … Continue reading

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Holding Down the Corner

by Michael R. Allen Perhaps the most precious architectural resources in our neighborhoods are corner buildings. When the ends of a block are vacant, a street’s urban character takes a huge hit. Empty corners signify distress and disuse. Corner buildings … Continue reading

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Row House on Lafayette Avenue Slated for Demolition

by Michael R. Allen Only one of these three row houses at the southwest corner of Lafayette and California avenues in the Gate District is occupied. The photograph makes that obvious.  Built circa 1883, the row is one of the … Continue reading

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Benton Park Flounder Needs Repair After Collapse

by Michael R. Allen Earlier this month, the flounder house at 2809 McNair (Rear) in Benton Park endured a collapse of part of one of its side walls as well as part of a its front (east) wall. The damage … Continue reading

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Unknown Buyer of Pevely Dairy Complex May Back Off

by Michael R. Allen The Post-Dispatch reports that the pending Pevely Dairy complex sale may stall after the spectacular loss on Sunday of one of the largest buildings on the site to a fire. The fire destroyed one of the … Continue reading

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Pevely Dairy Collapse Video

by Michael R. Allen (From YouTube user “ahoock” via Bill Michalski.)

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Clemens House Chapel Suffers Localized Collapse

In a move unsurprising to long-time observers, a section of the roof and the eastern wall of the chapel wing at the James Clemens House collapsed in heavy rains yesterday. The collapse took down a section of roof that was … Continue reading

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Examples of Buildings Stabilized After Collapse

Other industrial buildings in St. Louis and elsewhere have been stabilized and rehabilitated after sustaining damage as sever or worse that that sustained by the 1897 addition to the Brecht Butcher Supply Company building. These photos here show conditions at … Continue reading

Posted in Brecht Butcher Buildings, Central West End, Collapse, Lafayette Square, North St. Louis, Northside Regeneration, Old North, South St. Louis | 1 Comment