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The Origins of Pierre de Laclede’s Orthogonal Gridded Plan for the City of Saint Louis

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Pierre de Laclede’s de Liguest’s 1764 design for the city of Saint Louis was unusually complex, with ruler-straight streets and identical street-blocks set at exact right angles. Maps from 1780 show an orthogonal (perpendicular) urban plan, with a single central … Continue reading

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New at SLAM: Incredible Modern Art, Disappointing Chipperfield Architecture

Now that the city has a new museum wing dedicated to world class modern art, Saint Louis can assume its place as an international art destination.  Finally.  The art in the new wing is pure joy.  On behalf of all … Continue reading

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The Cost of Northside Regeneration

In my latest St. Louis Public Radio commentary, “The Cost of Northside Regeneration”, I contrast the slow development of the St. Louis Place neighborhood after John O’Fallon and others filed the Union Addition plat in 1850 with the lumbering, subsidized … Continue reading

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Eminent Domain, Northside Regeneration and the St. Louis American

by Michael R. Allen The most recent edition of the St. Louis American‘s lively Political Eye editorial column deals with the Missouri Supreme Court consideration of the Northside Regeneration redevelopment agreement and tax increment financing bills, invalidated by Circuit Court … Continue reading

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“Why Handcuff the Voters?”

by Michael R. Allen Ahead of the adoption of a new city charter on June 30, 1914, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorialized against the new Board of Aldermen proposed in the charter by the Board of Freeholders. the following editorial … Continue reading

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An Early HOK Building on Lindell

by Michael R. Allen Last summer, things were somewhat chaotic for two early buildings by giant firm Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (now HOK) located on Lindell Boulevard. While the old IBM Building (1959; 3800 Lindell), now Adorjan Hall at St. … Continue reading

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O’Fallon Park Historic District Nominated to National Register of Historic Places

Today the St. Louis Preservation Board will consider recommending approval of the National Register of Historic Places nomination for the O’Fallon Park Historic District. This meeting is the first step toward listing the historic neighborhood in the National Register. After … Continue reading

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Six St. Louisans on Leadership

Metro’s Courtney Sloger is also working on KETC’s new Nine Voices project. Courtney has just posted “6 St. Louisans on Civic Leadership,” a video featuring young leaders discussing what it takes to move the city forward. Here’s the description: I … Continue reading

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Follow Us on Twitter

Michael Allen has been tweeting for awhile, but it became time that Preservation Research Office has its own public Twitter account with multiple contributors. Done. Follow us @PreservationSTL. The Twitter feed will announce our projects as well news and events … Continue reading

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RFT Looks at Bloggers; Happy Hour Today

The Riverfront Times was gracious to include me in this week’s feature article “Blogger’s Baker’s Dozen: a sampler of St. Louis’ must-read contributors to the blogosphere”. This is not a predictable list, either — there were bloggers included whose work … Continue reading

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