Category Archives: Riverfront

Riverfront Rodeo

So, once upon a time, after the riverfront blocks were cleared (by 1943) but before the Merchant’s Exchange was demolished (1959), there was a rodeo where the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is now located. the Exchange is located in the … Continue reading

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Photographing the Changing Face of St. Louis

by Christina Carlson I recently had the opportunity to digitize several photographs for the Preservation Research Office spanning from the 1930s to the 1980s. The photos consisted primarily of pictures of historic buildings and other structures in St. Louis, but … Continue reading

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Preservation Board Considering Procter & Gamble Demolition Monday

by Michael R. Allen On Monday, the Preservation Board will consider an application by Procter & Gamble to demolish 16 buildings at its landmark north riverfront plant (official address, 169 East Grand Avenue). There are no immediate plans for reuse … Continue reading

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Two North Riverfront Public Meetings in March

Branch Street Connector Public Meeting Thursday, March 10 5:30pm – Branch Street Walk-Through 6:00pm – Meeting and Visioning Session LOCATION: For both the walk-through and the meeting, meet at Old North Restoration Group Office, 2700 N. 14th Street The Mississippi … Continue reading

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S.S. Admiral, RIP

by Michael R. Allen Soon the S.S. Admiral’s streamline, art moderne superstructure may be converted into cold hard cash at the going rates as high as $300 a ton. As soon as next week the old boat may be towed … Continue reading

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S.S. Admiral on the River in the 1940s

by Michael R. Allen This photograph depicts the S.S. Admiral cruising the Mississippi River in the early 1940s, not long after its reconstruction.  Built first in 1907 as the S.S. Albatross, the rechristened Admiral had a capacity of 4,400 passengers … Continue reading

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S.S. Admiral Offered on eBay

Vintage postcard view of the Admiral, which was rebuilt as an art deco entertainment palace around 1940. The S.S. Admiral is being offered for sale via an eBay auction. The “buy it now” and starting bid price are the same: … Continue reading

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Reminder: North Riverfront Tour Tomorrow

Afterward, stick around for Artica: Artica invites you all to summon your muses, pack up your gear and gather once again for St. Louis’ most spectacular fab-dilly-iscious weekend of art, performance, music, ritual and creative revelry! Saturday October 9th, 11:00am … Continue reading

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Final Designs Submitted in Arch Design Competition

Yesterday, the five finalists entered in the City+The Arch+The River 2015 design competition submitted their completed designs. Among these is the team headed by SOM and Hargreaves Associates that includes the Preservation Research Office. PRO has provided conceptual planning for … Continue reading

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Park Service Offering Bike Tours of the North Riverfront Trail

Via the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the The National Park Service is offering free ranger-led bike tours of the North Riverfront Trail this summer. The North Riverfront Trail passes through or near many historic sites ranging from still-active industry to … Continue reading

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