Hyde Park LRA Preservation Board

Callow Urges Urbanists to Buy Houses on Blair

by Michael R. Allen

Preservation Board Chairman Richard Callow made an interesting post to Urban St. Louis yesterday. The post, entitled “Why Not?”, urged readers to consider purchasing one of the two LRA-owned houses on the 3900 block of Blair Avenue in Hyde Park whose demolitions were denied by the Board on Monday.

Writes Callow: “Drive by 3961, in particular. Wouldn’t it be more interesting living there than in a former warehouse with something called Shoppes in the ground floor?”

While it takes more than a forum post to sell an LRA building, at least Callow is trying.

Some readers may recall that Mayor Slay seemed appreciative of two frame houses on 19th Street in Hyde Park also threatened with demolition last year. Hmmm.