Category Archives: SLPS

Hodgen School Under Demolition

by Michael R. Allen The Hodgen School rose from the good soil of St. Louis in stages starting in 1884. Then, 128 years later, the St. Louis Public Schools destroyed it. The Hodgen School displayed no signs of stress, decay … Continue reading

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Investing in Mann School

by Michael R. Allen Throughout 2009, the preservation community was startled by the February announcement by St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams that 17 schools were closing. Among the superintendent’s recommendations was the consolidation of Mann School (located at … Continue reading

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Hodgen School “Clearly Eligible” for National Register

by Lindsey Derrington This article is adapted from a National Register of Historic Places Eligibility Assessment that the Preservation Research Office submitted to the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office. The response from the State Historic Preservation Office is emphatic: “What … Continue reading

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City Schools Exempt from Preservation Review

by Michael R. Allen With the attention turned toward the St. Louis Public Schools’ proposal to demolish historic Hodgen School in the Gate District, several people have asked me about whether the demolition will be reviewed by the Cultural Resources … Continue reading

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More on Hodgen School

by Michael R. Allen On Thursday, the St. Louis Public Schools announced plans to demolish historic Hodgen School, one of the district’s few remaining buildings that pre-date the tenure of celebrated school architect William B. Ittner.  Hodgen’s central section was … Continue reading

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SLPS Plans to Demolish Historic Hodgen School

by Michael R. Allen In August, voters approved Proposition S to raise $150 million for capital improvements in the St. Louis Public Schools system. Not once did the district tell voters that they were voting to demolish historic schools — … Continue reading

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Adams Recommends Closing Six School Buildings

by Michael R. Allen At last night’s meeting of the Special Administrative Board of the St. Louis Public Schools, Superintendent Kelvin Adams recommended closing the following six school buildings: Gallaudet School for the Hearing Impaired, 1616 S. Grand; built in … Continue reading

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More St. Louis Public Schools to Close

by Michael R. Allen On Tuesday, the St. Louis Beacon published an article by Dale Singer covering a presentation by Superintendent Kelvin Adams on the state of the troubled St. Louis Public Schools. Not surprising, perhaps, is the prediction by … Continue reading

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Marshall School Awaits New Use

by Michael R. Allen This week’s news of a reprieve for Sumner High School brought relief to the Ville neighborhood, where another public school remains vacant after closing this summer. Stately John Marshall School stands at 4342 Aldine Avenue between … Continue reading

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Good News and Bad News on Page Boulevard

by Michael R. Allen Preservationists should send their thanks to Better Family Life, a cultural and educational organization that is uplifting African-American St. Louis while rehabilitating one of our city’s irreplaceable historic schools. In 2005, Better Family Life purchased the … Continue reading

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