Category Archives: Housing

Harwood Hills: A Preservation Challenge

by Michael R. Allen I provided this essay for the brochure that was distributed at Modern STL’s Harwood Hills House Tour on May 19, 2013. The brochure used to market Harwood Hills epitomizes the claims that drove St. Louis’ mid-century … Continue reading

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Step Away From the “Like” Button And Write A Check Already: Brickstarting a Rehab in Old North

by Emily Kozlowski Here is a chance to actively participate in preserving a part of St. Louis. Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) recently bought this three-story, brick structure at 1316 North Market from the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA). … Continue reading

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As Long As Someone Wants to Live in It

by Michael R. Allen In The Power of Place, Dolores Hayden champions the study and preservation of common urban vernacular housing as the best way to record the lives of most Americans. “Most can be learned from urban building types … Continue reading

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Depletion, 4205 Page Boulevard

by Michael R. Allen On February 3, the Building Division issued a demolition permit to Transformation Christian Church and Outreach Center for the house at 4205 Page Boulevard in the Vandeventer neighborhood. No doubt the church needs the land for … Continue reading

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Not the Day Modernism Died, Not Even the Day That Pruitt-Igoe Died

by Michael R. Allen Forty years ago today, demolition work started at the conjoined Pruitt and Igoe housing projects. On March 16, 1972, the St. Louis Housing Authority took down half of building A-16 in the Pruitt side of the … Continue reading

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Frame House, North Florissant at Newhouse

by Michael R. Allen Nearly every day I pass by this lonely two-story frame house at the northwest corner of North Florissant and Newhouse avenues in Hyde Park. While this stretch of North Florissant has its gaps, the east side … Continue reading

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The Spectre of Pruitt-Igoe

by Michael R. Allen In May 2010, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan visited the site of the former Pruitt-Igoe housing project. Afterward, he shared his thoughts with St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial writer Eddie Roth. Roth produced … Continue reading

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Standing By Yamasaki

by Michael R. Allen On April 24, after a tornado struck Lambert Airport, the New York Times published the article “Struggling St. Louis Airport Takes a Shot to the Chin, but Recovers.” While many St. Louisans quibbled over the symbolic … Continue reading

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The William Cuthbert Jones House, A Midtown Gem

by Michael R. Allen The William Cuthbert Jones House, located at 3724 Olive Street, is a rare example of a 19th century town house that not only survived the decline of Midtown but has also retained substantially its historic character … Continue reading

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Groundbreaking for Modular Homes in St. Louis Place

Posted in Events, Housing, North St. Louis, St. Louis Place | 4 Comments