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Become a Tour Guide for Landmarks Association and Revitalize St. Louis’ Downtown Walking Tours!

 

Share your enthusiasm for downtown St. Louis' rich history, fine architecture, and unique character-- become a tour leader for the Landmarks Association/Revitalize St. Louis downtown walking tour program!

 

 

 

 

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Superintendent Adams Recommends Renovation of Both Mann and Shenandoah Elementary!

After months of public pressure, on December 19th the Superintendent of the St. Louis City Public Schools recommended that both Shenandoah and Mann elementary schools be renovated. This was the option that was overwhelmingly preferred by stakeholders because it prevented the closure of Mann and the potential demolition of Shenandoah. Landmarks Association has been working hard to influence this decision by soliciting comments from stakeholders and coordinating with city officials such as Alderwomen Florida and Ingrassia as well as with the office of the Mayor. It seems that the SLPS has listened to reason.

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The Glories of Germanhood: A History of the Turnverein in St. Louis: Chapter Two

 
 Tower Grove Hall at S. Grand and Juniata
Chapter Two from The Glories of Germanhood:  A History of the Turnverein in St. Louis, Missouri.  The essay was researched over the course of a year and the collected information was placed into a finished document by our former intern, Andrew Wanko.  Chapter two relates the growth of the Turnverein movement in St. Louis from 1850 to 1914.

 

 

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The Glories of Germanhood: A History of the Turnverein in St. Louis. Chapter One

 

Over the next few weeks, Landmarks Association will be posting individual chapters from The Glories of Germanhood:  A History of the Turnverein in St. Louis, Missouri.  The essay was researched over the course of a year and the collected information was placed into a finished document by our former intern, Andrew Wanko.  Chapter one explains the creation of the turnverein movement and it's founder, Friedrich Jahn.

 

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Conversation with Wence Sarmiento:  Architect of the AAA

 
Sarmiento (center) at the Pheonix Financial Center, 1967

After the announcement of the potential threat to demolish the AAA Building for a CVS store, Landmarks Association contacted the 89 year old Sarmiento who still resides in Southern California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Naked Truth and the Restoration of the Compton Hill Reservoir Park

 
 Naked Truth - Photo courtesy of the STL Post-Dispatch
The recent vandalism of "Naked Truth" hindered the current restoration of the statue at the Compton Hill Reservoir Park.  The entire park is in the midst of an expansive restoraition initiated by the Water Tower and Park Preservation Society.  A master plan was created to enhance the park's recreational attributes and help it once again become an active neighborhood park.  Read more about the controversal statue and how you can help with the restoration of the park.

 

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H. May Steinmesch: Architect

 
 H. May Steinmesch
H. May Steinmesch was one of the first female graduates from Washington University's School of Architecture.  She later founded and was the first President of the La Confrerie Alongie which subsequently became the Association of Women in Archtecture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Theordore Sizer: Designer of the St. Louis City Flag


 St. Louis City Flag. Adopted Feb. 3, 1964.
The meaning behind the St. Louis City flag design is well documented.  However, little is known about its designer, Theodore Sizer.

 

 

 

 

 

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New Life for Drosten House


 Drosten House at 3324 Missouri in 1984

The 145 year old Drosten House at 3324 Missouri Avenue is undergoing an extensive rehabilitation courtesy of WJL Companies.

 

 

 

 

 

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Landmarks Association Applaud’s St. Louis University Law

Saint Louis University Law School's decision to move its campus into a currently-vacant building at 100 North Tucker Downtown is a bold, meaningful, and progressive decision.

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Southern Dropped from Board of Adjustment Meeting.

 
 Southern Funeral Home

The zoning variance for the Southern Funeral Home was abruptly removed from the agenda for the Board of Adjustment meeting today. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Save the Rock Hill Church


 Rock Hill Presbyterian Church
Report from last night's Rock Hill Board of Alderman meeting concering the Rock Hill Church and Fairfax House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Bodley Lane: 1924-2012


 William Bodley Lane

William Bodley Lane, former Vice President and Board Member of Landmarks Association, dies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Premilinary Agenda for Preservation Board on January 23rd

 
 3600 South Jefferson

Demolition permits for the Souther Funeral Home in the Carondelet and 3600 South Jefferson in Benton Park will be reviewed by the Preservation Board on Monday, January 23rd.

 

 

 

 

 

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Southern Funeral Home: Appeal of Building Permit by Dollar General

 
 Southern Funeral Home - 6632 S. Grand

The St. Louis Board of Adjustment will be having a public hearing on Wednesday, January 18th at 1:30PM in Room 208 at City Hall.  On the agenda is the appeal of a building permit for a new retail store by Dollar General at the 6632 S. Grand, the site of the Southern Funeral Home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Year End Review: A Reawakening


                     Cupples Seven Warehouse

 

2011 witnessed a dramatic shift in public awarness of the St. Louis historic built environment.  Opposition to demolition and the encouragement of adaptive reuse was voiced by the community to the representatives of our city and municipalities.  This outcry to save our historic buildings led to a reawakening of preservation in St. Louis.

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Andrew Weil Named Executive Director of Landmarks

 
       Andrew Weil Executive Director of Landmarks

 

Please join Landmarks in welcoming Andrew Weil as our new Executive Director.

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5th Graders Reveil Reuse Plans for Endangered Buildings


 AAA Building reused as a restaurant

5th graders from Rockwood School District's Center for Creative Learning presented their plans for adaptive reuse of endangered buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Regional Arts Commission Grants Support Twenty Years of Landmarks’ Educational Programs


Since 1991, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) has supported the educational and outreach programs of Landmarks Association of St. Louis.  At the close of 2011, we wanted to recognize RAC for an amazing two decades of critical support.

 

 

 

 

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Pevely to be Reviewed by Preservation Board on December 19th

 
Special meeting by the St. Louis Preservation Board to be held on Monday, December 19th at 4PM in Room 1200 at 1015 Locust.  On the agenda is Pevely Dairy.

 

 

 

 

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Concordia Publishing Wants to Purchase 3600 S. Jefferson with One Condition

 
 3600 S. Jefferson at left hand side of picture
Concordia Publishing House wants to purchase the three story mixed used building at 3600 South Jefferson in the Marine Villa Neighborhood under one condition.  That the company be allowed to demolish the 126 year old contributing resource to the Benton Park Historic District.  If allowed to raze the building, Concordia will seed and maintain the empty lot as a green space for their employees.

 

 

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Future of AAA??


 AAA at 3917 Lindell

This past July it became known that CVS wanted to purchase the property with the intent of demolishing the building to construct a new building.  Without being in a Preservation Review District or individually listed on the National Register the building lacks any protection and its future is unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cherokee Print League 4th Annual Holiday Sale on December 3rd

 

Do you know which print shop on Cherokee street is housed is a former vaudeville theater?  Or why the area was once known as a "shelter for desperate, lawless vagabonds" during the 1830's?  You can find out during three historic walking tours led by Landmarks Association during the Cherokee Print League's 4th Annual Holiday Sale!  Be sure and come to this event featuring local artists at several venues, galleries and print shops on Cherokee Street.  It will be a blast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Changes to Historic Tax Credits


 

Update on the Special Session of the Missouri Congress concernig Historic Tax Credits from the Alliance for Investment, Jobs and Historic Preservation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coordinated Effort to Save “Spaceship”

 

 
                            212 South Grand

 

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Garfield School to be Adaptively Re-Used


 Garfield School. 2612 Wyoming.

Garfield School (1936) in the Benton Park West Neighborhood is moving closer to being purchased and adaptively re-used by Peter and Paul Community Services.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Sale!

 
 St. Louis: Landmarks and Historic Districts

Landmarks is having a sale on all of our publications.  Stop by our office at 911 Washington Avenue, Suite 170 or call us at 314-421-6474 to order one today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get Your Own 1950’s St. Louis Themed Postcards


Landmarks is selling a limited printing of a set of 6 different St. Louis themed postcards originally produced in the 1950's.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Landmarks Initiates Group Concerning Cupples 7


 Cupples 7 located at 1014-30 Spruce

Landmarks with other national, regional and local organizations prepared a statement concerning the recent report finding Cupples Warehouse 7 structurally unsound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Legislative Update:  September 20, 2011


Legislative update concerning the special session on September 20, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

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SLU Purchases Former Pevely Site on Grand.


 Pevely Dairy Headquarters 1001 S. Grand

Father Lawrence Biondi's September 2011 message to returning faculty, staff and students lists recent property acquisitions, which includes the former Pevely Dairy Company headquarters at 1001 S. Grand.

 

 

 

 

 

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Forum Concerning Tax Credits and Potential Legislative Impacts


 Missouri State Capitol

On August 25th, a forum sponsored by the Alliance for Investment, Jobs and Preservation in Missouri will review the Missouri State Historic Tax Credit and its potential legislative threats.

 

 

 

 

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Del Taco to be Redesigned


 The former Phillips 66 at 212 S. Grand

Developer Rick Yackey states, "I am in the process of redesigning without destroying the historic integrity of the building," concerning the former Del Taco at 212 S. Grand.

 

 

 

 

 

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Press Release: Brownhurst Scheduled for Demolition.


 Daniel Sidney Brown's Brownhurst.

For Immediate Release:  Historic "Brownhurst" landmark is scheduled for demolition unless a buyer can be found to purchase for $1 and move the mansion.  Additionally the Marianist, who own the building, will donate $30,000 towards the cost of moving.

 

 

 

 

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Brownhurst on the Market for Only 30 Days


 Brownhurst

Brownhurst was given a second stay of demolition by the Kirkwood Landmarks Commission on August 10th.  This will be the final stay the 1892 dwelling will receive.  If the buildind is not under contract or moved within 30 days, the building will likely be demolished by the Society of Mary.

 

 

 

 

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Castle Ballroom For Sale

The former Castle Ballroom at 2831-45 Olive Street is currently for sale!  The impressive structure was constructed in 1908 and showcased the likes of Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis.

 
                          Castle Ballroom

 

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CRO Falters: Several High Merit Buildings Recommended for Demolition


 169 East Grand Avenue
 
Cultural Resource Office cites High Merit and Merit buildings in a Preservation Review District as " just in the wrong place for reuse...".  In at 3 to 2 vote, the Preservation Board of St. Louis accepted Culture Resource's recommendation for demolition of 169 East Grand Avenue and approved the application for a demolition permit.
 
 

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Results of the Board of Aldermen Meeting Conerning Del Taco

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Results of the Rock Hill Planning and Zoning Committee Meeting

 
                  Fairfax House circa 1839

Several voices in opposition of the site plan from the general public and the Rock Hill Planning and Zoning Committee are heard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Birds with One Stone: The Fate of The Rock Hill Church and Fairfax House


 Rock Hill Church. Photo courtesy of Missouri Preservation.

A 5-1 vote by the Rock Hill Board of Aldermen adopted Bill 1807.  The adoption of this bill repealed an ordinance restricting the number of gas stations in the muncipality leading to the demolition of the Rock Hill Presbyterian Church and the third relocation of the Fairfax House.

 

 

 

 

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The future of the South Grand “Flying Saucer” is in Jeopardy

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Senate Bill 280 Damaging to Historic Tax Credit Program


 Chuck Purgason. Senator from District 33.

The current language of Missouri Senate Bill 280, introduced by State Senator Chuck Purgason, would severly damage the Historic Tax Credit progam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Save Our Parks!

 

 
         Sioux Passage Park. Slated for closure.

 

Executive Director of St. Louis County Charlie Dooley, introduced budget cuts that would close 23 county parks and eliminate 175 jobs.  Let the County City Council know how you feel about the proposed closures.

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St. Louis School District Seeks to Sell More Schools


 Yeatman School currently for sale.

The St. Louis Public School District has listed additional schools on the real estate market.  Among the new listings are Lafayette Elementary at 815 Ann, Gardenville School at 6651 Gravois and Shepard Elementary at 3450 Wisconsin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Landmarks Association Awarded Grant from National Trust for Meramec River Bridge


 Route 66 Meramec River Bridge

The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. a $3,500 preservation grant from the National Trust funds.  The grant will go towards the master plan for the Historic Route 66 Bridge over the Meramec River in St. Louis County.

 

 

 

 

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Rehab Progressing for Grand Center Arts Academy

Landmarks members who took last year's tour of the former Carter Carburetor, Knights of Pythias (Beaux Arts) Building on N. Grand will be interested to know that rehabilitation is progressing.

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Results of the St. Louis Preservation Board Meeting Held February 28, 2011


 5570 Manchester Ave was approved for demolition

Two of the three reviews for demolition permits were granted by the St. Louis Preservation Board on February 28, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

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Proposed Demolitions to be Reviewed by the Preservation Board on Monday, February 28, 2011

 
 1212-14 Lynch Street

The St. Louis Preservation Board will review two applications for demolitions permits and one appeal of a staff denial for a demolition permit.  The meeting will be held at 1015 Locust St. in Room 1200 at 4:00PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sustainable SLU? The Proposed Demolition of Pevely


              Pevely Dairy courtesy of RFT
 
 
The adaptive re-use rather than the demolition of the Pevely Dairy complex by SLU could be another feather in their cap in their commitment towards sustainability.

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Results of the St. Louis Preservation Board Meeting Held January 24, 2011

 
 Complex of buildings at 150 Victor Street

The complex of industrial and former residental buildings bound by Victor, Sidney, DeKalb and Second Streets were reviewed for demolition.  All buildings and structures within the complex were approved for demolition by the board.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bills Submitted Before Missouri Senate Would Drastically Change Many Tax Credits


Senator Jason Crowell of the 27th District

State Senator Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) submits several bills before the Missouri Senate that would drastically change many tax credits including the Missouri Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Proposed Demolitions to be Reviewed by the St. Louis Preservation Board on January 24th


 100 Block of Victor Street

An application for the demolition of a group of buildings at the 100 block of Victor Street will be reviewed by the St. Louis Preservation Board on Monday, January 24th.  The buildings include several industrial buildings and historic residences.  The meeting for the review will be held at 1015 Locust Street Room 1200 at 4:00 pm.  All are encouraged to attend.

 

 

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Missing Schnittmann Sculpture from 2675 Washington Ave.

 


 Battery Man. Photo courtesy of Ken Konchel

The Sacha Schnittmann sculpture, "Force of Modern Architecture", commonly referred to as "Battery Man", was recently removed from the facade of 2675 Washington Avenue.  The reason for the sculpture's removal and its whereabout are unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pevely Dairy Design Charrette: Adaptive Re-Use is an Option

 
 
 
On November 19th a design charrette focused on the adaptive re-use of the Pevely Dairy complex was held at Landmarks' office.
 
THE APPLICATION FOR A DEMO PERMIT TO RAZE PEVELY DAIRY WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE PRESERVATION BOARD ON MONDAY, DECEMEBER 19TH

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Outcome of November 22, 2010 Preservation Board Meeting

 

Five requests for demolition permits were reviewed by the St. Louis Preservation Board on Monday, November 22, 2010.  Two permits were granted while the remaining three were denied.  Assistant Director of Landmarks, Andrew Weil, attended the meeting and spoke in favor of the preservation of these buildings.

 

 

 

 

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Proposed Demolitions to be Reviewed by the St. Louis Preservation Board


Applications for the demolition of five historic buildings will be reviewed by the St.Louis Preservation Board on Monday, November 22nd at 4pm.  The meeting will be held at 1015 Locust Street in room 1200.  The five buildings are located at 4942-44 Wise Avenue and 4217, 4221, 4223 and 4225 Arco Street.

 

 

 

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Results of the St. Louis Preservation Board Meeting Held September 27, 2010


The Assistant Director of Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Andrew Weil, attended the St. Louis Preservation Board Meeting on September 27, 2010.  Two buildings were granted preliminary approval for demolition while the demolition of a third was deferred for six months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Partnering Agencies and Individuals to Apply for TE Grant to Save Route 66 Bridge

 

 

Recent news concerning the efforts to save the historic Route 66 Bridge spanning the Meramec River in St. Louis County.

 

 

 

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Proposed Demolitions to be Reviewed at Cultural Resource’s Preservation Board Meeting

Proposals for the demolition of three historic buildings will be reviewed at the Preservation Board Meeting on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 1015 Locust Street, Room 1200 at 4:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Creosoted Wood Block: One Step in the Evolution of St. Louis Paving

During the nineteenth century, city officials grappled with St. Louis' problematic street system. Various materials and techniques were used such as grantie blocks and macadamized roadways.  However, wood blocks were experiemented with and used as a paving material for over 50 years.  A remnant of this historic material was recently noticed in downtown St. Louis.

 

 

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The Sad Loss Of At Least Two Buildings in the Mullanphy Historic District


(April 19, 2010) Two buildings across the street from the Mullanphy Emigrant home have burned and collapsed; a third was badly damaged as a result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(March 30, 2010) New Life for Beaux Arts Carter Carburetor Building in Grand Center

For years, the grandiose former Carter Carburetor building across the street from Powell Hall has sat in under-utilized majesty.  It will now be rehabilitated and turned in to a charter school that focuses on the performing arts, an apt use for a building in one of St. Louis' traditional theater districts.

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Missouri Preservation Honor Award Winners with a St. Louis Connection

(March 16, 2010)  On March third, Missouri Preservation held its award ceremony to honor individuals and organizations who have made great contributions toward preservation in the state. Some of the award winners were St. Louis projects, and some have ties to Landmarks Association.

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Mayor of Detroit proposes to bulldoze his city, to save his city.

(March 10, 2010) Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has recently proposed the demolition of over 10,000 buildings in an effort to artificially shrink the city and consolidate services.  While done for somewhat different reasons, this type of wholesale clearance has precedent in St. Louis with entire neighborhoods such as Mill Creek disappearing in the blink of an eye, and major portions of LaSalle Park and the riverfront commercial district reduced to rubble and carted to the landfill.

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First Annual Report on the Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit

(March 4, 2010) Economists with Rutgers University and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation (a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation) have released a detailed report on the economics of the Federal Historic Tax Credit program. The news is very good for those of us who have argued long and hard that preservation tax credits generate economic growth.

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Photos From the Tour of Kiel Opera House

 

On February 27, Landmarks Association was granted access to the mothballed Kiel Opera House.  Rob Lochner, VP of Development for Optimus Development lead the tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Several Large Rehabilitation Projects Appear Back On Track

(February 26,2010) With Landmarks Association currently on the hunt for its 2010 Most Enhanced Award winners, it is nice to see some future award winners popping up on the radar.

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City To River Group Proposes Reorganization of Memorial Drive

The City To River organization  has proposed a new approach to reconnecting Downtown St. Louis with the riverfront and Arch grounds.

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Closed Route 66 Bridge In Eureka May Be Razed

(January 27, 2009) Today's Post Dispatch has an article about the plight of the National Register listed Route 66 bridge over the Meramec River in St. Louis County.

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National Park Service and St. Louis City Government Launch Design Competition for Arch Grounds


(December 12, 2009) According to the CityArchRiver2015 organization's website, the international design competition will seek to "better frame" the masterpiece that is the arch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More St. Louis City School Closures Appear to be on the Horizon

(October 9, 2009)  In an article that appears in today's Post Dispatch, St. Louis City School District Superintendant Kelvin Adams addressed a current 18 million dollar budget shortfall for the current school year and speculated about where those funds could be recouped.  Following the closure of fourteen schools this past summer as part of a new master plan for the District, it seems that financial problems continue, and may very well threaten more historic school buildings.

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South Grand Great Streets Initiative Progressing

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Landmarks’ Andrew Weil Honored By Osage Nation

(August 11, 2009) On Tuesday morning, a delegation from the Osage Nation traveled to Sugarloaf Mound in South St. Louis to bless their newly acquired property.  At the ceremony, Congressman Russ Carnahan, Congressional Outreach Coordinator Kathy Waltz, and Landmarks Researcher Andrew Weil were honored by Osage Principal Chief Jim Gray for their role in helping to preserve the mound.

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St. Louis Arts and Crafts Society Open House This Sunday

(July 20, 2009) The St. Louis Arts and Crafts Society will be hosting an open house for potential and existing members this Sunday at the stunning Craftsman home of Patrice Petrich.  The home was constructed in 1912 as one of the first homes in the Grand Kingshighway Park Subdivision, which in turn was platted to take advantage of the construction of the long awaited Kingshighway Parkway designed by noted landscape architect George Kessler.  Facing Bellerive Boulevard, once known as Kingshighway Southeast, the house (700 Bellerive) looked out on the first section of parkway that was constructed to connect the newly purchased Riverside (now Bellerive) Park and South Grand.  The home and the intact section of parkway where it is situated were both used as examples (along with the restored garage) in Landmarks Association's pending National Register nomination of the Grand Bates Suburb Historic District. 

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Help Us Stop the Demolition of the DeVille Motor Hotel

The DeVille Motor Hotel, most recently known as the
San Luis Apartments.  Landmarks photo.

(June 18, 2009) Landmarks has been working to preserve the San Luis Apartments, formerly the DeVille Motor Hotel, which the Archdiocese of St. Louis plans to demolish for a surface parking lot. Completed in 1963, the San Luis is the work of renowned New Orleans modernist Charles Colbert. Rising over the corner of Lindell Boulevard and Taylor Avenue, the building is a vital component of Lindell's high-rise streetscape and a key feature of its unique collection of mid-century modern structures. The Archdiocese's plans are up for preliminary review by the city's Preservation Board this Monday, June 22nd. Please help us in our efforts to support the San Luis by sending letters to the board and 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson!

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Jamie Cannon Receives Landmarks’ 2009 President’s Award

(June 8, 2009) At Landmarks Association's annual membership meeting that took place this past Sunday, June 7 at St. Alphonsus "Rock" Church on North Grand Boulevard, Board President Bill Wischmeyer awarded Jamie Cannon (FAIA) the 2009 "President's Award."  Mr. Cannon was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting due to a last minute conflict, so long-time friend and colleague Carolyn Toft (former Executive Director of Landmarks) accepted the award in his stead.  Read the text of Bill Wischmeyer's remarks about Jamie on the following page.

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KWMU Reports on the Plight of the Clemens House

 

The James Clemens, Jr. House in 2000.
Landmarks photo.

(June 2, 2009)  Today, radio station KWMU aired a report by Maria Altman on the current condition of the James Clemens, Jr. House.  That story and a photo gallery are available online here. Landmarks has retained the Clemens House on our 2009 Most Endangered Places list.

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Photographs from Preservation Week 2009

(May 28, 2009) Take a look at the variety of events that our guests enjoyed during this year's Preservation Week.

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Most Enhanced Awards Ceremony 2009

 

(May 21, 2009) Recognizing the best in historic restoration projects completed over the past year, Bill Wischmeyer, president and Jeff Mansell, Executive Director of Landmarks Association handed out 14 Most Enhanced Awards during the annual awards ceremony, Friday, May 15.

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Kiel Opera House Turns 75 and Redevelopment Looms

(April 22, 2009) The Missouri House of Representatives, the Missouri Senate and the Saint Louis County Council all passed resolutions recently recognizing the 75th birthday of the Kiel Opera House.

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St. Louis Public Schools on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

(April 22, 2009) Yesterday NPR's "All Things Considered" prgram included a story by St. Louis public radio reporter Adam Allington on schools closures in St. Louis.  The program included an interview with Landmarks Association's Assistant Director Michael Allen on the architecture of William Ittner.  Schools mentioned in the story included Arlington, Mann and Mark Twain.  NPR also posted a gallery of Landmarks' photos of seven of the 17 schools in the current closure round. The story and gallery are online here.

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University City Residents Should Reject Proposition U

(April 6, 2009) Tomorrow University City residents will have the opportunity to vote either for or against Proposition U, a $53.6 million bond issue for the University City School District. If passed, this bond issue will fund the district's proposed facilities plan which entails the demolition of Pershing (1920) and Barbara C. Jordan (1951) elementary schools.

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Grand Opening of the Old Post Office Plaza

 
(April 3, 2009)  Come celebrate the opening of the Old Post Office Plaza, a new public space downtown that takes advantage of the beautiful historic backdrop of St. Louis' Old Post Office.

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Statement on the General Management Plan for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

 

Photograph showing a 1950s-era model
of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

(March 17, 2009) Landmarks Association of St. Louis submitted a comment to the National Park Service on the proposed General Management Plan (GMP) for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, published here in its entirety.  The main points of the comment were: 1. The NPS should allow removal of I-70 in the GMP; 2. The GMP should contain other options for a design competition than a single major competition; 3. Site history must be part of program expansion; 4. The GMP should improve access and connections at all sides of the Arch grounds.

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Photography Show Opening to Benefit Landmarks Association

(March 9, 2009) Join us on Saturday, March 14th from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Maryland Gallery in Clayton for "re:vision", a show that includes a series of striking new abstract architectural photographs by Ken Konchel.

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Lewis Place Exhibit Subject of Video

(March 2, 2009)  The Point of View: Lewis Place exhibit that graced the walls of Architecture St. Louis in February is the subject of a video on the St. Louis Beacon website. Videographer Laurent Torno III captures images from the exhibit as well as footage from the exhibit opening and the street itself.

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Education and Design: The St. Louis Public School Buildings

(February 26, 2009) The legacy of the St. Louis Public School buildings goes far beyond just the work of William B. Ittner and Rockwell Milligan, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and extending into the 1940s. Read the fascinating history of the district's evolution and the development of its historic building stock here!

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St. Louis Public Schools: A Look at Buildings Affected by Closings

(February 26, 2009) A comprehensive look at the twenty-nine works of William B. Ittner and Rockwell Milligan which are currently closed, for sale, or recommended for closure demonstrates the incredible beauty and importance of these buildings, as well as what the city of St. Louis stands to lose should the SLPS district fall short of its responsibilities as steward of these architectural treasures.

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“An Unparalleled Cultural Treasure”: Remarks on the SLPS Facilities Management Plan

(February 11, 2009) Landmarks Board Member William G. Seibert provided remarks at the public meeting on the St. Louis Public Schools facilities management plan held Saturday, February 7 at Vashon High School. Among the comments printed here in full is thre reminder that no matter how many schools need to be closed, "certain obligations of stewardship remain, and  history and future generations of  St. Louisans will bitterly condemn you should you ignore or walk away from these obligations."

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Statement: SLPS Facilities Management Plan Lacks Strong Historic Preservation Provisions

(February 6, 2009) At a public meeting held Febury 4 at Roosevelet High School, Assistant Director Michael Allen presented a statement on the proposed St. Louis Public Schools facilities management plan that reminded those present that among the findings of the November public meetings on this plan was that 74% of respondents consider historic preservation to be a somewhat to very important component of a facilities plan -- a concern not well-represented in recommendations from District consultants.

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Landmarks Urges Preservation Safeguards for Historic Schools

(January 30, 2009)  Read the full text of Landmarks Association's position statement on the St. Louis Public Schools' Facilities Management Plan.

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SLPS Facilities Management Plan Presented This Week

(January 26, 2009) The Special Administrative Board of the St. Louis Public Schools will hear recommendations by MGT of America, Inc. on the future use of district schools during the board meeting on Thursday, January 29, 6:00 p.m., at Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Ave.  All community members are invited to attend this open meeting to hear this much-anticipated report firsthand. However, due to the anticipated length of the MGT presentation, there will be no public comments taken at this meeting. The District will hold two special community forums for public comments - Wednesday, February 4, from 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. at Roosevelt High School, 3230 Hartford St., and Saturday February 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Vashon High School, 3035 Cass Ave.

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Landmarks Honors Former Director Carolyn Hewes Toft

(January 24, 2009)  On the evening of January 24, 2009, the doors of Architecture St. Louis were thrown open to honor Carolyn Hewes Toft, the former Executive Director of Landmarks Association who retired this summer after 32 years at the helm.  Board President Bill Wischmeyer praised the former director saying "it is fair to say that Carolyn Toft has effectively been Landmarks Association for as long as anyone can remember.  Due to her guidance and direction, the membership has grown to over 1,300 and Landmarks is recognized throughout the country as one of the nation's premier preservation organizations."

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Landmarks Joins Center for Creative Learning Students in Exploring Architecture

(December 18, 2008)  Staff members from Landmarks Association visited this week's Open House at the Rockwoods School District Center for Creative Learning to see students' final projects in architecture.  In October, the fifth grade gifted students had taken Landmarks' "What Are Buildings Made Of?" course on historic architecture, and in the months since then have consulted with our staff members to develop reuse proposals for endangered buildings in the city.

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Help Ensure That Preservation is Part of St. Louis Public Schools Facilities Plan

(December 12, 2008) The St. Louis Public School District is rapidly completing a Facilities Management Plan to guide the State Administrative Board (SAB) through implementation of a plan for upgrades and closures.  The Comprehensive Long-Range Plan passed by the SAB on December 11 calls for closing schools to help save costs.  As Landmarks members know, school closings can be problematic in a district with such a vast stock of architecturally significant historic schools.  Past closure rounds have led to mistakes, demolition and vacant buildings whose futures remain uncertain. Please consider attending one of the remaining public meetings or sharing your thoughts via the online survey found at www.betterstlouisschools.com.  With your input, the facilities plan can have a strong historic preservation component. 

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Private Lease Legislation for Jefferson National Expansion Memorial No Longer a Threat

(November 26, 2008)  Possible efforts to place the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial under private control appear to have dissipated after lobbying from Landmarks Association of St. Louis, the National Parks Conservation Association, the Open Space Council and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, among others.

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Missouri State Historic Preservation Office Celebrates 40th Anniversary

(November 20, 2008) This past Friday, Missouri celebrated an important milestone in historic preservation: the 40th anniversary of its State Hisoric Preservation Office.  At the end of the quarterly meeting of the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, advisory council members joined current and former SHPO staffers and gathered well-wishers to toast the state's historic preservation efforts. 

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Five Demolition Proposals on November Preservation Board Agenda

(November 19, 2008) The November 2008 agenda of the St. Louis Preservation Board contains five different demolition proposals!  landmarks is currently investigating the proposals in order to prepare testimony for Monday's board meeting.

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Landmarks’ Board Adopts Resolution In Support Of Preserving Sugar Loaf Mound

(November 19, 2008) On Wednesday, November 19th, Landmarks' Executive Director Jeff Mansell and Research Associate Andrew Weil participated in a meeting called by Congressman Russ Carnahan to discuss strategies to ensure the protection of Sugar Loaf Mound.  At this meeting Landmarks articulated a position that was approved by the Board of Directors in the form of a resolution that was unanimously approved last week.  To read the text of the resolution click "more."

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The Last Standing Mound In Mound St. Louis City Is For Sale

(November 7, 2008) Landmarks is currently working with a number of organizations and individuals in an effort to ensure a safe future for the earliest structure standing in St. Louis.  Sugar Loaf Mound is important to the heritage of all St. Louisans, and is culturally significant to Native American peoples.  While the mound is not necessarily threatened at this time, the fact that it is for sale is simultaneously a cause for concern, and an opportunity for action.

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