Category Archives: Fire

St. Mary’s Infirmary

We were saddened to get the news this morning that the historic St. Mary’s Infirmary suffered a three-alarm fire last night. Perhaps the most significant association of the building is its connection to African-American history. The hospital entered an important … Continue reading

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Crunden-Martin After the Fire

by Michaela Burwell-Taylor “The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps…every segment marked in … Continue reading

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Lost: Corner Store, 20th & Warren

by Michael R. Allen Last week, St. Louis Place lost one of its few remaining corner commercial buildings to a fire. The vacant three-story building at the southeast corner of 20th and Warren Streets was deteriorating, and had recently shown … Continue reading

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Fire Strikes College Hill Building

Yesterday evening, a fire raced through the vacant, Land Reutilization Authority-owned four-family building at 4411 N. 20th Street in College Hill. The building’s timber elements quickly gave way to the flames, and within an hour the building was reduced to … Continue reading

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If The Front Wall Remains…

by Michael R. Allen What a way to start a fire, what a way to break it in Your kiss could have killed me, baby If it were not for the rain Scout Niblett ft. Bonnie Prince Billy, “Kiss” (This … Continue reading

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Building a New Bandstand

by Michael R. Allen Unfortunately, wood is both a common architectural material and highly combustible. These traits were apparent Wednesday when the beloved Carondelet Park bandstand, which was built after 1916, was destroyed by fire. All that remains of the … Continue reading

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Opportunity Lost in Belleville

by Michael R. Allen Photograph by Chad Briesacher. In a strange move, on October 19 the Belleville (Illinois) City Council voted 14-1 to approve a plan that would replace the former Meredith Home with a park. The Meredith Home is … Continue reading

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The Lost Twin at Shaw and 39th

by Michael R. Allen At the northeast corner of 39th and Shaw avenues stands a three story brick building at 3867 Shaw Avenue that has been fully rehabilitated.    The building sports newly-painted wooden replacement windows and a developer’s sign out … 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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Lost: Wabash Triangle Café

by Thomas Crone The Wabash Triangle Café. Photograph by King Schoenfeld. The Wabash Triangle Café burned on Friday, March 18, 1994, its last day of business. Though that date’s one I needed to look up, the timing’s also quite vivid … Continue reading

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