Category Archives: McRee Town

4343 McRee Avenue Offered for $1

by Michael R. Allen Tom Pickel, Executive Director of the Garden District Commission is offering the unique house at 4343 McRee Avenue for $1: The Garden District Commission, a community-based non-profit, owns a unique historic house at 4343 McRee Avenue … Continue reading

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Rehabbing at McRee and Tower Grove

by Michael R. Allen In 2004, the building at 4301 McRee Avenue (at Tower Grove Avenue) was vacant. The terra cotta wrapped double entrance surround at the corner attract many an eye due to its ornate pediments. The pediments feature … Continue reading

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Hope for McRee Town

by Michael R. Allen As part of the Garden District Commission’s Botanical Heights project, the six eastern blocks of the McRee Town neighborhood bounded by 39th, DeTonty, Thurman and Folsom streets was nearly completely demolished. The project required a Memorandum … Continue reading

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Talking About McRee Town

by Michael R. Allen Jackie Jones introduces her presentation. Yesterday afternoon St. Louis University doctoral student Jackie Jones presented her dissertation thesis, “Picturing a Neighborhood: McRee Town in Saint Louis, Missouri,” to a crowd at the Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway. … Continue reading

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Folsom Avenue Blues – Part Two

by Michael R. Allen Here are some images showing the 3900-4000 block of Folsom Avenue in McRee Town on October 31, 2004. As the images show, the castellated two-flats were more abundant then, providing a sense of their effect on … Continue reading

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Folsom Avenue Blues

by Michael R. Allen The houses at 4042 and 4046 Folsom Avenue. The house at 4062 Folsom Avenue.Three houses remain on the south side of the block of Folsom Avenue between Lawrence and Thurman avenues in McRee Town. Last month … Continue reading

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At the Preservation Board Today

by Michael R. Allen The agenda for today’s St. Louis Preservation Board meeting contains some interesting items. Under the item “4104-54 DeTonty” we find that McBride and Son wants to retain some of the existing buildings on the block. Still, … Continue reading

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The Destruction of McRee Town: June 2005

Looking east near the intersection of McRee and Lawrence avenues.

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The Destruction of McRee Town: May 2005

by Michael R. Allen By May, only a handful of buildings remained in the clearance area. These were the buildings whose owners had held out to appeal the prices set through condemnation hearings or buildings whose tenants insisted on remaining … Continue reading

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The Destruction of McRee Town: March 2005

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