Category Archives: St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Random Notes

by Michael R. Allen A few random notes: Thomas Crone has found much of the material salvaged from St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church — in a new bar on Manchester Avenue fittingly called “The Church Key.” Read his review of that … Continue reading

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St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church Under Demolition

Photograph taken on Tuesday, May 2.

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Magnolia Square: The Triumph of Mediocrity

by Michael R. Allen The website for “Magnolia Square,” the development set to replace St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, shows that the development has changed since it was proposed to the city’s Preservation Board in December. For one thing, DiMartino Homes … Continue reading

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National Trust Covers Plight of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church

Houses Could Replace St. Louis Church – Megan Hogan (Preservation Online, February 1) The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s online magazine offers this coverage of the proposed demolition of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, featuring quotes from my report for Landmarks … Continue reading

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St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church Loses Two Votes

by Michael R. Allen Yesterday, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment authority approved the project known as “Magnolia Square,” that would demolish venerable St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church to build 36 new houses. Today, the aldermanic Housing, Urban Design and Zoning (HUDZ) … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Sentiment on St. Aloyisus Gonzaga Church

by Michael R. Allen I attended Monday’s meeting of the Southwest Neighborhood Garden Association and listened to many residents speak about the “Magnolia Square” project that calls for demolishing the church. The section of the meeting devoted to the project … Continue reading

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Victory for St. Aloysius

by Michael R. Allen Today, the Preservation Board not only voted against permitting the demolition of the St. Aloysius Gonzaga parish complex but also voted separately to deny the permit outright. As someone who has followed the demolition saga since … Continue reading

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Preserving St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church

by Michael R. Allen Expanded version of report written for Landmarks Association of St. Louis, September 2005. Background The St. Aloysius Gonzaga parish had its origin with an 1892 petition by Catholics in the newly-developing Fairmont district of St. Louis. … Continue reading

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Nouveau Rousseau

Southwest High School after mural cover-up, September 1, 2004. Photo by Michael R. Allen. by Susan Turk The businesslike efficiency, which now typifies the management of the Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS), was demonstrated August 23 by the speedy obliteration … Continue reading

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