Category Archives: The Ville

Diagnosing the Future: Modernism, Medicine and Historic Preservation

by Michael R. Allen Last week, the Chicago Commission on Landmarks for the second time unanimously voted to rescind the landmark designation for Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital (completed in 1975). The vote essentially dooms the innovative concrete-shell modernist hospital … Continue reading

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Losing More Buildings on Martin Luther King Drive

by Michael R. Allen In September and October 2007, the Land Reutilization Authority wrecked the three two-part commercial buildings at 4220, 4222 and 4224 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in the Ville. The demolitions hardly were startling. Alderman Sam Moore … Continue reading

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Lost: David Carter’s Saloon and Grocery

by Michael R. Allen A distinctive building in the northern reaches of The Ville is no more. In late August, the city wrecked the two-story, mansard-atop-brick mass at 4159 Ashland Avenue. This strange specimen sat on the sidewalk line on … Continue reading

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Brick Thieves Working Major Streets

by Michael R. Allen Out of sight, out of mind? Not brick theft. Brick thieves continue to strike abandoned buildings in north city, although the territory of operation has shifted westward. Two years ago, brick theft was prevalent in JeffVanderLou … Continue reading

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New Tools for Historic Preservation In The Ville

by Michael R. Allen and Lynn Josse On January 17, the National Park Service listed in the National Register of Historic Places three historic districts in and an amended and expanded historic context for The Ville neighborhood. Due to lack … Continue reading

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The Heart of The Ville Survey

by Lynn Josse and Michael R. Allen Creating National Register of Historic Places historic district designations often is straightforward work — a consultant delineates the boundary of an eligible area dense with urban building stock. Then there are depleted neighborhoods … Continue reading

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Capping Neighborhood Revitalization

by Michael R. Allen In the past few weeks, proponents of the possibly impending economic development deal crafted between leaders in the Missouri House and Senate have made excuses for proposed cuts to the historic rehabilitation tax credit: “it was … Continue reading

Posted in Hyde Park, Missouri, North St. Louis, O'Fallon, Penrose, Public Policy, St. Louis Place, The Ville | 1 Comment

North St. Louis Tornadoes Past and Present

by Michael R. Allen On September 29, 1927, a massive tornado made its way across the city on a northeasterly track. The path of destruction widened in a part of north St. Louis stretching from Fountain Park to Hyde Park.  … Continue reading

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Ville Area Still Recovering from New Year’s Eve Storm

by Michael R. Allen Severe storms that hit the city on December 31st have left lasting destruction in parts of north St. Louis. In the Ville and Greater Ville area, winds of over 70 miles per hour struck after noon … Continue reading

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“Sarah-Lou” Building at Risk

by Michael R. Allen If photographs of its old neon sign measured anything, the “Sarah-Lou” building at the northeast corner of St. Louis and Sarah avenues in the Greater Ville is a winner. Although the building has been abandoned for … Continue reading

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