Cupples Station

The St. Louis landscape was Eugene Mackey’s architectural canvas; his palette was integrity, artistic genius and spirituality. “You work on a project until you find the soul of it,” his longtime friend, Van Brokaw, said he once told him. “Spirituality was an important underpinning in his life." In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Mr. Mackey infused more than 3,000 spaces with a spirit of humanity, inextricably interwoven with beauty and functionality. He died on Sunday (Nov. 27) of an aggressive form of squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was 77 and had lived in Ladue.

(photo courtesy of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis)

Attorney General Chris Koster has sued a well-known St. Louis developer and his former business partner in an effort to recover tax credits that Koster says were fraudulently obtained. In the suit filed today in Cole County, Koster alleges that in 2010 and 2011, the state Department of Economic Development awarded developers Kevin McGowan and Nathaniel Walsh nearly $2.4 million in brownfield credits to clean up lead paint at the Cupples 9 building in downtown St. Louis. The suit alleges that...

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The owners of a crumbling warehouse building in downtown St. Louis are out of legal options at the state level. Judge Robert Dierker late last month rejected the request from the owner of Cupples 7 to tear down the building, located at 10th and Spruce streets. The owners of the building sought a demolition permit , saying the building had deteriorated to the point that it was no longer safe and economically unfeasible to repair. The city Preservation Review Board disagreed , saying the...

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The citys Preservation Board voted nearly unanimously Monday night to deny a demolition permit to the owner of a crumbling warehouse in the Cupples Station historic district near Busch Stadium. McGowan Walsh, the buildings owner, applied earlier this month for the permit, citing the buildings deteriorating condition and the economic infeasibility of securing millions of dollars to simply stabilize the building for future redevelopment. The citys Cultural Resources Office denied the...

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Saying he has no choice, the owner of a crumbling building in the Cupples Station warehouse complex has applied for a permit to demolish the building. Developer Kevin McGowan, who owns the building at 1014 Spruce St. known as Cupples 7, filed his application on Nov. 9th. Streets around the building have been blocked off since late September due to safety concerns. McGowan says hes never torn down a building he owns, and hates to have to tear down Cupples 7. But he says hes got no choice....

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Updated with comments from the city, preservationists. Pedestrian and car traffic will be restricted at Spruce and 11th streets in downtown St. Louis indefinitely because the historic Cupples 7 building has become structurally unsound. The city of St. Louis closed 11th Street from Spruce to Poplar, and a half-block of Spruce east of 11th street after Tuesday mornings rush hour. Officials say severe damage to the roof has exposed the interior of the building to the elements. Unfortunately, we...