Category Archives: Demolition

For Sale, Cheap: Hole In Ground Where Historic Movie Theater Once Stood

by Michael R. Allen Lately, the unkempt stretch of dirt — not shown here, too bleak for the holiday season — where the Avalon Theater once stood has sported a for-sale sign with a slapped-on price of $125,000. That price … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, South St. Louis, Southampton | 12 Comments

Buildings Are Assets, Even in Grand Center

by Michael R. Allen On October 17, Grand Center, Inc. applied for a demolition permit for the curious hybrid building at 3808 Olive Street. Today, crews were “doing taps” — removing the connections between the building and the city’s water … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Grand Center, Midtown, Rightsizing | 4 Comments

The Charles H. Duncker Residence: A Falling Castle on Page Boulevard

by Michael R. Allen In St. Louis, the city’s preservation ordinance creates review of demolition permits on architectural and historic merits only in designated districts. These districts are designated by aldermen and generally follow ward boundaries, although with redistricting and … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Historic Preservation, North St. Louis, Vandeventer | 6 Comments

We Can’t Outlaw Water or Stupid Men (But We Still Can Preserve Buildings)

by Michael R. Allen Chicago’s renegade activist Richard Nickel, whose passion inspired a generation of preservationists, once stated: “Great architecture has two natural enemies: water and stupid men.” Too bad neither can be avoided on this planet. Whether the onset … Continue reading

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Wreckers Arrive at Cupples 7

by Michael R. Allen As a dry heat settled across the downtown streets yesterday, cloaked by lilting cloud cover, workers from Spirtas Wrecking Company descended upon the Cupples Station warehouse known as Cupples 7. At the end of the business … Continue reading

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Seven Lost Buildings in Old North

by Michael R. Allen Last month my friend Emily Hemeyer invited me to contribute to a sprawling, wood-made installation called the Migratory Hive Project. The Migratory Hive Project was exhibited outdoors in Columbia, Missouri during the annual True/False Film Festival, … Continue reading

Posted in Abandonment, Demolition, North St. Louis, Old North | 2 Comments

Expiration Date for Pevely Demolition Approaching

by Michael R. Allen Today Riverfront Times reporter Sam Levin has a good article about the status of the Pevely Dairy building at Grand and Chouteau. The main question on people’s minds: What is going on with the Pevely Dairy … Continue reading

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SLU Devours Another Building

by Michael R. Allen This week St. Louis University started wrecking a historic industrial building near the intersection of Chouteau and Grand avenues — not the Pevely Dairy Company Building, but the old Goodwin Manufacturing Company warehouse most recently owned … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Gate District, Industrial Buildings | 9 Comments

The Last Gasometer Falls, St. Louis Less Weird

by Michael R. Allen Ever-alert explorer and geographer Paul Fehler, one of the extraordinary producers behind The Pruitt-Igoe Myth altered me to the fact that something is happening to make St. Louis a whole lot less weird: our last gasometer … Continue reading

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This Building Matters #3: Powell Square

The building known as “Powell Square,” located at Third and Cedar streets near downtown, was built in 1917 as the pharmaceutical factory of the John T. Milliken Chemical Company. Later users included the Fulton Bag Company and Dan Powell Company, … Continue reading

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