Endangered buildings
12:42 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Old 'favorites' return to St. Louis' most endangered list for 20th anniversary

Some familiar structures have returned to the the Landmarks Association of St. Louis's list of most endangered buildings in the region.

It's the 20th year the Association has published the list, which is designed to highlight 11 iconic or important buildings in danger of disappearing due to neglect or proposed demolition.

Carr School, which made the inaugural list in 1992, is back on the list this year, as is Cupples 7, the downtown warehouse in the middle of a legal fight over taxes.  A streetcar power substation at 1711 Locust is also on the list. Landmarks Association executive director Andrew Weil says the building has a hole in the roof, and he's hoping the owners will make early repairs to avoid the fate of Carr School, Cupples 7, and other buildings that are so badly damaged they may collapse before work can be done.

There are four new buildings on the list this year:

  • St. Louis Palladium, 3618 Enright, which has been the center of demolition rumors for a possible expansion of the John Cochran veteran's hospital. Weil says the former night club is one of the last surviving remnants of the St. Louis jazz scene.
  • Crunden-Martin  Manufacturing, 757 S. 2nd St. A six-alarm blaze at the building last year burned the timber supports, leaving the brick walls unstable.
  • Missouri Belting Company, 1202 S. Grand Blvd. The building is located near the partially-demolished Pevely Dairy complex, though it was not included in Saint Louis University's plans for an outpatient medical facility.
  • Lewis and Clark Library, 9909 Lewis and Clark (St. Louis County). The building is slated for demolition as part of the master plan to renovate the library district's buildings.

Click here to see the entire list of Most Endangered Buildings.

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