Category Archives: Midtown

Buildings Are Assets, Even in Grand Center

by Michael R. Allen On October 17, Grand Center, Inc. applied for a demolition permit for the curious hybrid building at 3808 Olive Street. Today, crews were “doing taps” — removing the connections between the building and the city’s water … Continue reading

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Mid-Century Modernism, Race and Equality: Two St. Louis Landmarks

by Michael R. Allen The notion of buildings that speak helps us to place at the very centre of our architectural conundrums the questions of the values we want to live by – rather than merely of how we want … Continue reading

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This Building Matters #4: Morgan Linen (Old Building, New Business)

This Building Matters last visited the demolition site of the Powell Square building near downtown. Everything that Ryan Albritton said about buildings having economic value for entrepreneurs rings true in our latest episode, in which we visited with Amber Giessmann … Continue reading

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Starbucks in a Flying Saucer: STL Preservationists Embrace Modernism

Next American City published my account of St. Louis’ recent preservation triumphs of the “flying saucer” Starbucks and the AAA Building. Read the full article: Starbucks in a Flying Saucer: STL Preservationists Embrace Modernism. – Michael R. Allen

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Central States Life Insurance Company Building Listed in the National Register, Headed for Rehabilitation

by Lindsey Derrington Many may know the Mission Revival style building at 3207 Washington Avenue by one of its string of tenants over the past forty years, from the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts (1970s-1990), to the … Continue reading

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Regression on Laclede Avenue

by Michael R. Allen When development firm Sangita proposed demolition of the three Midtown buildings at 3834-38 Laclede Avenue last May, this writer offered no protest. Later last year the two two-story buildings, built as stores and flats, and the … Continue reading

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Disasters on Lindell Boulevard, Past and Present

by Michael R. Allen The loss of the apartment building at 3949 Lindell Boulevard (rebuilt in 2009 after a 2007 fire) after a devastating fire on Monday has raised questions about lightweight construction’s fire resistance. Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson has … Continue reading

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“The Million Dollar Dance Palace”: Vice and Virtue at the Castle Ballroom

by Lynn Josse A lot of what you need to know about the Castle Ballroom can be read on its exterior. The commercial first floor of the building indicates its historic place on a busy streetcar line. Graceful double-height arched … Continue reading

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The Palladium Made St. Louis Music History; What Will We Make of the Palladium?

by Kevin Belford, Christian Frommelt and Michael R. Allen The Palladium Ballroom is located in the Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District of St. Louis. With Delmar Boulevard to the South, Enright Avenue to the North, and Grand Avenue to … Continue reading

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The Palladium Is Worth Saving

Following up on our recap of last week’s Midtown music and architecture tour, here’s a short video by Kevin Belford that makes the case for the importance of the Palladium. Stay tuned.

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