Category Archives: JeffVanderLou

The Sisyphean Footsteps of Northside Regeneration

by Michael R. Allen Recently I read a newspaper article about a major urban development project that included these two sentences: “He received hundreds of millions of dollars in public cash and incentives. But after a long public review process, … Continue reading

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The Mid-Century Modernism of Marcel Boulicault

by Michael R. Allen St. Louis architect Marcel Boulicault’s name probably is unfamiliar to you, but a few of his works will draw an “ah ha!” or two. Boulicault is a designer whose contributions to Modern architecture in St. Louis … 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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Preserving Tillie’s Corner in JeffVanderLou

by Emily Kozlowski The three brick townhouses of 1349-1353 N. Garrison Ave. were once a staple of the neighborhood, as the community grocery store named Tillie’s Corner. Lillie Pearson, known as “Miss Tillie”, bought the first building in 1948 and … Continue reading

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Sportsman’s Park, 1931

A new arrival in our photographic collection is this 1931 photograph of Sportsman’s Park at 2911 North Grand Avenue (at Dodier Avenue, visible at the bottom of the photograph). The grandstand structure shown here dated to 1909 and was demolished … Continue reading

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Depletion, Bacon Street

by Michael R. Allen Two pairs of houses had stood on the east side of Bacon Street just south of North Market Street since before the turn of the last century. Now, three of the four are reduced to ruins … Continue reading

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EPA: Carter Carburetor Building Will Be Demolished

by Michael R. Allen On March 31, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an Action Memorandum for the cleanup of the Carter Carburetor plant at St. Louis and Grand avenues in JeffVanderLou. This action surprised residents of surrounding neighborhoods, who … Continue reading

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Public Meeting on Carter Carburetor

WHAT: Presentation on Thermal Desorption Process for Carter Carburetor Site WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 TIME: 7:00 p.m. LOCATION: Urban League, 3701 Grandel Square, St. Louis, Missouri 63108 EPA is following up with leaders from the St. Louis north side … Continue reading

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Brick Theft Before/After

We recently gave Bill Streeter, director and producer of Brick By Chance and Fortune, some 60 before and after images of north St. Louis buildings struck by brick thieves since 2005. Our photographs illustrate perhaps as little as one third … Continue reading

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Brick Thieves Go To Church

by Michael R. Allen Brick theft is an act that is neither novel nor particularly likely to spur strong response in St. Louis. Malcolm Gay’s excellent recent New York Times article on brick theft in St. Louis reported to the … Continue reading

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