Category Archives: East St. Louis, Illinois

East St. Louis Sesquicentennial Summer Celebration

This weekend, East St. Louis is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a two-day program of events. All events take place at the East St. Louis Higher Education Center, 601 James R. Thompson Boulevard in downtown East St. Louis. Friday, July … Continue reading

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East St. Louis Holiday Inn

by Michael R. Allen Following up on my article “Motels in the City of St. Louis”, I briefly wanted to show the largest motel built in our neignbor to the east, East St. Louis. The Holiday Inn at 657 E. … Continue reading

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New Book Commemorates East St. Louis’ 150th Anniversary

How is it that a city that has been labeled “the most distressed small in city in America” has also been home to some of the most amazing artists and talents in American life? And despite devastating population and job … Continue reading

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Suspicious Fires, Crisis in East St. Louis

by Michael R. Allen The Arch design competition winner has leaked this week, and that means we have some glimpse at what the East St. Louis waterfront could look like in five years.  Yet more immediate, less hopeful news arrived … Continue reading

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PRO Proud to Serve on the SOM/Hargreaves/BIG Team

Renderings from the SOM/Hargreaves/BIG submission in The City + The Arch + The River 2015 design competition. The Preservation Research Office is proud to be a part of the SOM/Hargreaves/BIG team in The City + The Arch + The River … Continue reading

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Final Designs Submitted in Arch Design Competition

Yesterday, the five finalists entered in the City+The Arch+The River 2015 design competition submitted their completed designs. Among these is the team headed by SOM and Hargreaves Associates that includes the Preservation Research Office. PRO has provided conceptual planning for … Continue reading

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Monroe Manual Training Center

by Michael R. Allen Few 1910’s buildings in the St. Louis area anticipate the Art Deco style as much as the Monroe Manual Training Center at 1620 Martin Luther King Drive in East St. Louis. The building’s symmetrical form, flat … Continue reading

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Broadview Hotel Rehabilitation Getting Underway

by Michael R. Allen The seven-story Broadview Hotel at 5th and Broadway in East St. Louis is one of several tall buildings that anchor downtown. The 13-story Spivey Building is the tallest, the adjance Murphy Building and Majestic Theater are … Continue reading

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Fireman’s Training Tower

by Michael R. Allen This fireman’s training tower at the northeast corner of 18th and Broadway in East St. Louis once stood next to a station house. According to neighbors, the city government demolished the station in the 1990s but … Continue reading

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East St. Louis Videos on New Geography

by Michael R. Allen Last month, New Geography uploaded the third of a three-part video series on East St. Louis. Alex Lotz created the videos, which started with a whirlwind tour that I gave him and St. Louis University history … Continue reading

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