Category Archives: Downtown

Building the General American Life Insurance Company Building

by Michael R. Allen Among the collections of the Preservation Research Office is a stock of amateur photographs showing changed in the St. Louis built environment at the last century’s middle point. Our collection draws from many anonymous urban gazers … Continue reading

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Downtown St. Louis Has a Secret Ballroom

by Michael R. Allen The relocation of St. Louis University’s School of Law into a transformed building at Tucker and Pine streets has helped Tucker Boulevard regain some its lost title to being downtown’s most important north-south street. Students and … 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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The Real Cost of Demolishing Cupples 7

Today the St. Louis Beacon published a commentary by Preservation Research Office Director Michael Allen entitled “The Real Cost of Demolishing Cupples 7”. The article raises several questions, including: Why can’t the city offer a comparable amount to the demolition … Continue reading

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This Building Matters #6: Cupples Station Building 7

Media attention on the Powell Square demolition ought to point us toward a historic warehouse we can save: Cupples Station Building 7 or “Cupples 7” at 11th and Spruce Streets. Built in 1907 and designed by Eames & Young as … Continue reading

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More Parking Lots in Downtown St. Louis: Unacceptable

by Michael R. Allen Yesterday the St. Louis Preservation Board unanimously voted to withhold preliminary approval of Larry Deutsch’s plan to demolish the historic building at 1105-9 Olive Street and replace them with a surface parking lot. Deutsch’s attorney, former … Continue reading

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Part of Music Row Threatened

by Michael R. Allen With demolition threatening the building at 1107-09 Olive Street, a look back at the history of the building shows that the building is part of the important “Music Row” cultural district on Olive Street between 10th … Continue reading

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Riverfront Rodeo

So, once upon a time, after the riverfront blocks were cleared (by 1943) but before the Merchant’s Exchange was demolished (1959), there was a rodeo where the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is now located. the Exchange is located in the … Continue reading

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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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Chain Drug Stores from Indianapolis in St. Louis

by Michael R. Allen CVS’ announcement that it has abandoned its quest to demolish the mid-century modern AAA Building on Lindell Boulevard comes nearly one century after the first time St. Louis learned that an ambitious chain drug store from … Continue reading

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