Category Archives: Tower Grove East

Modernism in Motion on South Grand: The Hamiltonian Federal Savings and Loan Association Building

by Michael R. Allen Grand Avenue soon will feature two striking examples small modernist buildings imaginatively adapted for food-based businesses (the “flying saucer” at Council plaza hopefully needs no introduction here). South Grand’s lone glass box, the Hamiltonian Federal Savings … Continue reading

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Slow Modifications, Historic Preservation and the Closure of St. Elizabeth Academy

by Michael R. Allen The impending closure of Catholic girls’ school St. Elizabeth Academy revisits territory hotly debated in Tower Grove East two years ago, when the Academy threatened to demolish parts of its historic campus to make itself more … Continue reading

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South Grand’s Mid-Century Modern Bank

by Michael R. Allen The business district on South Grand Boulevard between Arsenal Street and Gravois Road showcases the great range of twentieth century architectural styles, forms and materials employed in St. Louis. From the vintage Standard station at Grand … Continue reading

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Rehabbers Tour of Tower Grove East Tomorrow

Please come on this Saturday’s Rehabbers Club tour as we visit two Works in Progress buildings in the Tower Grove East neighborhood. 9:30 a.m.: Tour site #1: 3434 Humphrey St. 63118 Patty Maher is the owner/developer of this all brick … Continue reading

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Holding Down the Corner

by Michael R. Allen Perhaps the most precious architectural resources in our neighborhoods are corner buildings. When the ends of a block are vacant, a street’s urban character takes a huge hit. Empty corners signify distress and disuse. Corner buildings … Continue reading

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Snow Day on Gravois, c. 1960

This photograph dates to around 1960 and shows a woman walking north on the west side of snow-covered Gravois Boulevard just north of Cherokee Street. In the background, faintly, the neon-lit blade sign of F.W. Clemens Supply Company can be … Continue reading

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Red Brick and Snow

Goodness, does a snowfall bring out the saturated red of St. Louis brick!

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New Tower Grove East Neighborhood Website

St. Louis’ Tower Grove East Neighborhood — where the Preservation Research Office currently is located — has a new website, built and designed by neighborhood resident Joe Millitzer. Check it out at www.towergroveeast.org

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Chickens in South City

by Michael R. Allen Sparing readers of chickens coming home platitudes, I will state that there are a lot of chickens in St. Louis city these days. Urban agriculture in the city is becoming more diversified, and many backyard farmers … Continue reading

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White Roof Coating, Ahead of Summer

by Michael R. Allen After completing major tuckpointing and chimney rebuilding, we decided to apply a white elastomeric coat to our flat roof this month. This roof was a three-ply modified bitumen roof with a black, heat-trapping emulsion overcoat. The … Continue reading

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