Category Archives: Forest Park Southeast

Forest Park Southeast and the Human Scale

by Michael R. Allen In the last few months, two project proposals — one for an apartment complex at Taylor and Chouteau and another for a vague commercial development along Kingshighway — in Forest Park Southeast have emerged which are … Continue reading

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Preservation Board Approves Split on Arco Avenue; Denies SLU High Appeal

by Michael R. Allen From left: 4225 Arco, 4223 Arco, 4221 Arco and 4217 Arco. Yesterday, the Preservation Board voted unanimously to accept the Cultural Resources Office (CRO) staff recommendation to approve demolition of the one-story brick houses at 4223 … Continue reading

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Preservation Board Considering Demolitions on Arco

by Michael R. Allen Tomorrow the St. Louis Preservation Board will consider the demolition of four houses on Arco Avenue, located at 4217, 4221, 4223 and 4225 Arco Avenue. The owner and applicant is Restoration St. Louis, a company whose … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Proposed Adams Grove Infill Project

by Michael R. Allen Alex Ihnen has reported the his St. Louis Urban Workshop blog that a substantial new scattered-site infill housing project is in the works for part of Forest Park Southeast. Specifically, the Regional Housing and Community Development … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Our Gasometer(s)

by Michael R. Allen The impending demolition of the two gasometers in Shrewsbury draws me back to the demolition of the gasometer in Forest Park Southeast. Once one of two gasometers at Laclede Gas Company’s Pumping Station G and built … Continue reading

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Industrial Inspiration?

by Michael R. Allen There seems to be more than a passing resemblance between the Forest Park Southeast hotel designs that Drury Inn presented at a recent neighborhood meeting and the abandoned Lever Soap Plant in Pagedale. The three-dimensional renderings … Continue reading

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Odds and Ends

by Michael R. Allen MCPHEETERS WAREHOUSES NEARLY GONE: The McPheeters Warehouses on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard, subject of a Vital Voice column of mine published in June, are nearly gone. Demolition started two weeks ago, and now the one-story cold … Continue reading

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Gasometer Gone, Switzer Columns (Mostly) Survive

Two demolition updates from guys named Paul H.: At Vanishing St. Louis, Paul Hohmann reports that the gasometer at Laclede Gas Light Company Pumping Station G has fallen. In today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Paul Hampel reports on the confusion surrounding … Continue reading

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The BJC Park Lease and the Public Sphere

by Michael R. Allen To all those people who bemoan the fact that some citizens are hesitant to grant BJC Healthcare a 99-year lease of a supposed forgotten corner of Forest Park: please examine the public sphere in the age … Continue reading

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What Other People Are Writing

In “Late and Unlamented” (Built St. Louis blog, January 29), Rob Powers examines his changing appreciation of the now-demolished Kohler Building at St. Louis State Hospital, a mid-century building that blocked the front elevation of the landmark “Old Main” building. … Continue reading

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