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Latest Brick Rustling Casualty in St. Louis Place

by Michael R. Allen

In the last two weeks, brick rustlers have reduced this Romanesque Revival two-flat at 2318 Howard Street to the tell-tale mess of sagging floors supported by internal walls. The four brick walls are completely gone, with the bricks taken to one of the yards that gladly fence bricks stolen from the north side. Some veneered McMansion in the Phoenix suburbs could end up with a thin face of brick taken from this house to raise money for rent, crack cocaine or any number of other needs and desires. I took the photograph above last summer; the building was remarkably intact

The building stands (barely) on city block 2318, bounded by Howard on the north, 25th on the west, Mullanphy on the south and 23rd on the east. This is two blocks north of the former Pruitt-Igoe housing project site in an area of St. Louis Place that resembles

The ownership pattern on the block is rather strange:

2346 HOWARD ST BLAIRMONT ASSOCIATES LTD CO
2344 HOWARD ST PIE
2342 HOWARD ST PIE
2336 HOWARD ST PIE
2334 HOWARD ST LRA
2326 HOWARD ST PIE
2324 HOWARD ST N & G VENTURES LC
2322 HOWARD ST PIE
2320 HOWARD ST PIE
2318 HOWARD ST PIE
2316 HOWARD ST L C R A
2314 HOWARD ST PIE
2312 HOWARD ST BLAIRMONT ASSOCIATES LTD CO
2308 HOWARD ST BLAIRMONT ASSOCIATES LTD CO
2306 HOWARD ST BLAIRMONT ASSOCIATES LTD CO
2304 HOWARD ST LRA
2300 HOWARD ST PIE
1617 N 23RD ST LRA
2305 MULLANPHY ST PIE
2321 MULLANPHY ST SIMS, OTHIA L & LUCILLE D
2323 MULLANPHY ST BELK, OLIVER L & KATHALEEN
2325 MULLANPHY ST MOBLEY, IDA N & JOYCE MCCALL
2327 MULLANPHY ST MOBLEY, IDA N
2329 MULLANPHY ST 1615 N 25TH ST LLC

In addition to one LCRA holding here we have the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority (PIE), Land Reutilization Authority (LRA), N & G Ventures LC and Blairmont Associates LC, two of Paul McKee’s companies, and a smattering of private owners.

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