Category Archives: Granite City, Illinois

More Demolition in Downtown Granite City

by Michael R. Allen Last year, the building at 1310 Niedringhaus Avenue in downtown Granite City burned. The neighbor at 1308 Niedringhaus (at right above) suffered some damage, but nothing that compromised its structural integrity. Here’s a look at those … Continue reading

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Relic of Early Anheuser-Busch Empire in Granite City

by Michael R. Allen Under the 20th Street viaduct bridge in Granite City, Illinois stands a reminder of previous changes within the Anheuser-Busch empire. On Adams Street is a transfer terminal for the brewer built in the 1911 before the … Continue reading

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Exuberant First Assembly of God Church

by Michael R. Allen Located at 2334 Grand Avenue in Granite City, Illinois, is the former First Assembly of God Church. While the congregation, which has roots dating back to 1909, has moved to a larger building on Madison Avenue, … Continue reading

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Demolition Threats All Over Town

by Michael R. Allen Vanishing STL alerts us to the possibility that the Washington University Medical Center may demolish the Shriners’ Hospital and Central Institute for the Deaf buildings. Meanwhile, Curious Feet notes two impending demolitions: a large storefront building … Continue reading

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Driving to Granite City

by Michael R. Allen Driving to Granite City today I passed a familiar landmark: the abandoned Fantasyland strip club, a massive metal-clad hulk whose only noteworthy architectural feature is the neon sign on its front. Since the last time I … Continue reading

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Granite City Wants to Lure Artists

by Michael R. Allen Granite City considers artist relocation program – Michael Heil (Granite City Press-Record, May 23) What Granite City officials need to note is that historic preservation is often a good part of attractive artists to an area. … Continue reading

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Granite City Loses a Fine Building

by Michael R. Allen Bad news from the metro east: The R.S. Holstein Company Dry Goods Building is downtown Granite City has fallen to the wrecking ball. Here we see the illogical results of reactionary planning. The building was in … Continue reading

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The Remains of the National Enamelling and Stamping Company Plant

by Michael R. Allen This engraving of the National Enameling and Stamping Company plant appeared in the company’s 1903 catalog. In 1895, the St. Louis Stamping Company opened its new 550,000 square-foot plant in Granite City. The facility was designed … Continue reading

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Granite City Demolished Restored Residential Building

by Michael R. Allen Photograph taken on April 2, 2006 (Michael R. Allen). In March 2006, the City Council in Granite City approved spending $90,000 to demolish 15 buildings as part of an effort to revive the ailing downtown area. … Continue reading

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Granite City to Demolish Holstein Dry Goods Building

by Michael R. Allen In March 2006, the City Council in Granite City approved spending $90,000 to demolish 15 buildings as part of an effort to revive the ailing downtown area. Seven of these buildings had architectural merit and were … Continue reading

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