Category Archives: Columbus Square

Does the Vess Bottle Belong in the Bottle District?

by Michael R. Allen Now that the “Bottle District” — that mass of spread gravel north of our football stadium — is poised to become part of the Northside Regeneration project, perhaps it is time to evaluate the fate of … Continue reading

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Cass Bank Sign Missing

by Michael R. Allen There have been more than a few changes around the intersection of North Florissant Avenue, 13th Street and Cass Avenue lately. In the past, I have lamented the destruction of the Crunden Library at 14th and … Continue reading

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Cass Bank, Castle Ballroom Nominated to National Register

by Michael R. Allen On Monday, the St. Louis Preservation Board approved two National Register of Historic Places nominations of historic buildings. The first nomination is for the Cass Bank and Trust Company Building at 1450 N. 13th Street in … Continue reading

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Cochran Gardens Replacement Complete

by Michael R. Allen Looking northeast from the intersection of 9th and Carr streets, September 2009.Sometimes, it seems like historic buildings have to be demolished wholesale before their replicas get praised. The site of the public housing project Cochran Gardens … Continue reading

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Cochran Gardens Demolition Nearing Completion

by Michael R. Allen Demolition work at the Cochran Gardens housing complex north of downtown is nearing completion. After demolition of three low-rise buildings, wreckers are working to finish demolition of one of the two tall buildings at the former … Continue reading

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"Historic" Cochran Gardens

by Michael R. Allen One local television station’s report on today’s fire at one of the Cochran Gardens buildings on Seventh Street north of downtown called the building “historic.” The use of that adjective was bittersweet. The six red brick … Continue reading

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Blairmont: 1617 N. 10th Street

Part of the Photographic Survey of Blairmont Buildings. Date of photograph: August 17, 2006. LOCATION: 1617 N. 10th Street; Saint Louis, Missouri CURRENT OWNER: VHS Partners LLC

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Photographic Survey of Blairmont Buildings

by Michael R. Allen and Claire Nowak-Boyd 2933 Montgomery Street, owned by Sheridan Place LC. Wonder what exactly we keep talking about when we bemoan the treatment of historic north side buildings by the “Blairmont” companies? Now you can see … Continue reading

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Open House at Neighborhood Gardens

by Michael R. Allen On the weekend of October 21-22, 2006, Spanish Lake Development Company held an open house at Neighborhood Gardens to display the results of their two-year rehabilitation project. The event coincided with the annual Downtown Housing Tour. … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Gardens Memories

by Kathy Davis The following comes from e-mail correspondence between the author and editor Michael Allen. I grew up in the Neighborhood Gardens. My parents moved there in 1939. They raised three children there, including myself. We lived there until … Continue reading

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