Category Archives: People

St. Louisans in Portland

by Michael R. Allen While visiting Portland at the moment, I have had the fortune of running into St. Louis’ expat colony there. Drawn to this amazing city by academic opportunities, the young St. Louisans here are thriving. And who … Continue reading

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Participating in the Next American Vanguard

by Michael R. Allen One of last year’s highlights for me was participating in the Next American Vanguard conference organized by Next American City magazine. The event was not a typical conference — participants applied and were selected by the … Continue reading

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Welcome, New Cultural Resources Office Director Betsy Bradley

by Michael R. Allen At the start of the new year, we will have a strong new ally for historic preservation in St. Louis: incoming Cultural Resources Office Director Betsy Bradley. Betsy comes to St. Louis from the Wyoming State … Continue reading

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A Hub is Born: UrbanSTL

by Michael R. Allen With today’s publication of Toby Weiss’ excellent essay “Crying Over Spilt Milk: The Suburbs Happened, Get Over It!”, urbanSTL now has become the web hub for St. Louis region built environment news and commentary. Okay, this … Continue reading

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Stanley Jones, Midtown Rehabber

by Michael R. Allen Stanley Jones, owner of the Frederick Newton Judson House at 3733 Washington across the street from the Pulitzer, is quite a character. Currently serving as construction manager for the St. Louis Equity Fund and formerly owner … Continue reading

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Untitled Saint Louis Brick Film

Detail of entrance to the Mullanphy Tenement, 2118 Mullanphy Street in St. Louis Place.Bill Streeter, the video genius behind Lo-Fi St. Louis, is working on a documentary about St. Louis brick known for now as the “Untitled Saint Louis Brick … Continue reading

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Future, Past: Meet the Present

by Michael R. Allen With tomorrow’s aldermanic hearing on the NorthSide bills, I think back to September 23. This was the date of the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Commission’s meeting in which that body unanimously approved the TIF for the … Continue reading

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RFT Throws Spotlight on Esley Hamilton, Preservationist

by Michael R. Allen Esley Hamilton discussed Greek Revival architecture in America at the Chatillon-DeMenil House on September 27. This week’s issue of the Riverfront Times carries a feature article by Aimee Levitt on the inimitable Esley Hamilton, Historian for … Continue reading

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W. Philip Cotton, Jr. (1932-2009)

by Michael R. Allen Today’s passing of W. Philip Cotton, Jr. marks the end of an era. Phil — born in Columbia, Missouri as William Philip Cotton, Jr. — was one of St. Louis’ early preservation pioneers. An architect by … 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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