Category Archives: Demolition

Nothing Sustainable About Bohemian Hill Demolition

by Michael R. Allen On November 19, the Building Division issued a demolition permit for the historic house at the northwest corner of Soulard Avenue and Tucker Boulevard on Bohemian Hill. The Building Division paid over $7,000 for the demolition … Continue reading

Posted in Bohemian Hill, Demolition, South St. Louis | 3 Comments

Losing More Buildings on Martin Luther King Drive

by Michael R. Allen In September and October 2007, the Land Reutilization Authority wrecked the three two-part commercial buildings at 4220, 4222 and 4224 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in the Ville. The demolitions hardly were startling. Alderman Sam Moore … Continue reading

Posted in Abandonment, Demolition, LRA, North St. Louis, The Ville | 4 Comments

Signless and Separated, Pevely Dairy Building Still Reusable — and SLU Can Still Be the Hero

by Michael R. Allen Perhaps right now the Pevely Dairy Plant office building at the southwest corner of Grand and Chouteau seems like the back half of the Titanic, shorn from the rest of the ship and poised to sink … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, South St. Louis | 10 Comments

Lost: David Carter’s Saloon and Grocery

by Michael R. Allen A distinctive building in the northern reaches of The Ville is no more. In late August, the city wrecked the two-story, mansard-atop-brick mass at 4159 Ashland Avenue. This strange specimen sat on the sidewalk line on … Continue reading

Posted in Brick Theft, Demolition, LRA, North St. Louis, The Ville | 1 Comment

Regression on Laclede Avenue

by Michael R. Allen When development firm Sangita proposed demolition of the three Midtown buildings at 3834-38 Laclede Avenue last May, this writer offered no protest. Later last year the two two-story buildings, built as stores and flats, and the … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Midtown | 16 Comments

Hodgen School is Gone

by Michael R. Allen If the reader has had the sense that something is missing from St. Louis, that feeling has at least one concrete cause. The city stands bereft of one more monument to its former aspirations, the red … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Gate District, Schools, South St. Louis | 3 Comments

Hodgen School Under Demolition

by Michael R. Allen The Hodgen School rose from the good soil of St. Louis in stages starting in 1884. Then, 128 years later, the St. Louis Public Schools destroyed it. The Hodgen School displayed no signs of stress, decay … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, North St. Louis, Schools, SLPS, South St. Louis | 15 Comments

Depletion, Newstead and Evans

by Michael R. Allen “Methinks it should be now a huge eclipse of sun and moon, and that the affrighted globe should yawn at alteration.” – Othello, Act 5, Scene 2 Yesterday, the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival ended this year’s … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Lewis Place, North St. Louis | 2 Comments

Demolition and Boundaries in North St Louis

by Michael R. Allen This blog continues to chronicle the loss of north St. Louis building stock. Our goal is to illuminate the repetitive impact of careless demolition policy, and the social impact of individual demolitions. There is a special … Continue reading

Posted in College Hill, Demolition, Fairground, North St. Louis, O'Fallon | 13 Comments

Isadore Shank’s Limberg House Demolished

by Michael R. Allen Fifty-two years ago, Charles Limberg and Suzanne Shapleigh moved into their new home at 22 Fordyce Lane in Ladue. Their two-story home spread out horizontally across a sloping site largely disrupted by construction. Red brick, plate … Continue reading

Posted in Demolition, Ladue, Mid-Century Modern, St. Louis County | 6 Comments