by Emily Kozlowski
Here is a chance to actively participate in preserving a part of St. Louis. Old North Saint Louis
Restoration Group (ONSLRG) recently bought this three-story, brick structure at 1316 North Market from the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA). In 2005 there were vacant lots on either side of the building. Today, there are newly built homes surrounding it. Preserving this building would retain the urban past of the block and maintain the positive momentum that the community has been building in the area.
In 2009 ONSLRG purchased this building along with eight other vacant buildings, three of which have been sold and the rest stabilized for their future rehab endeavors. There is a small amount of history that is known regarding the building. 1316 North Market was owned by the Meinholtz family as early as 1910 through the 1940’s. Herman Meinholtz was the Vice President and Superintendent of the Heine Safety Boiler Company of St. Louis. Both Herman and his son attended Washington University to study engineering.
The exterior of 1316 North Market is largely intact but the interior is where the real work begins. Nearly destroyed with water damage, some sections of floor have fallen through to the basement and the brick walls have shifted. As extreme as they sound, these are common problems in rehabilitating vacant buildings. Buildings in this state are fully capable of being rebuilt — but with help.
The Brickstarter Campaign is asking for donations of any kind â€“ cash, labor, materials, etc. No donation is too small. The current task is to stabilize, which can be done within a range of $5,000-$50,000. The better the stabilization, the easier it is to complete a full renovation later. Donations can be made online at onsl.org via paypal (be sure to note that the donation is for 1316 N Market), by check (made payable to â€œOld North Rehab Properties LLCâ€ and mailed to 2700 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106), or by cash in person. If you would like to make a donation of materials, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org