Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation
4:38 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Millstadt Water Tower, Hotel Belleville Make Illinois Historic Endangered Structures List

The Tin Man style of the old Millstadt Water Tower used to be ubiquitous.
Credit Frank Butterfield, Landmarks Illinois

Three southern Illinois structures are among those identified as endangered by Landmarks Illinois. This year’s list includes the Hamilton Primary School in Otterville (Jersey County); Hotel Belleville, which last was used as a retirement home by the Belleville diocese; and the Old Millstadt Water Tower.

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Preservation
11:55 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Controversy Brews Over Plans To Change Lewis & Clark Library Branch

Lewis & Clark Library Branch
Credit Provided by Modern STL

The potential of a merger between the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County has prompted lots of talk about differences and similarities between the two.

Here’s just one example. Both have public library systems. Each has a very different philosophy when it comes to balancing upgrades and improvements of their buildings with historic preservation.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:11 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

With An Eye On The Palladium, What's The State Of Historic Preservation In St. Louis?

Preservation Research Office

There have been rumors for a couple of years now that the Veterans Administration is interested in obtaining the Palladium building at 3618 Enright in order to expand the John Cochran VA Medical Center. For years, the Palladium was home to The Plantation Club.

In a commentary published by St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, Pokey LaFarge called for the preservation of the building where jazz greats performed for decades.

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Historic Places Nominations
5:38 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

12 Sites In Missouri Nominated For National Register Of Historic Places

The old Hamiltonian Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. building in St. Louis.
Preservation Research Office

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has nominated 12 sites across the state to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Three of the 12 sites are in St. Louis, including one that's relatively young – the glass-walled Hamiltonian Federal Savings and Loan Association building, which was built in 1961 and has been vacant for nearly a decade.  Michael Allen with the St. Louis-based Preservation Research Office made the pitch for the Hamiltonian building.

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Historic Preservation
4:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

What The Rubble Of Cupples 7 Can Show St. Louis About Historic Preservation

A view of what was left of Cupples 7 following demolition in 2013.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

There’s now another hole in the urban fabric of downtown St. Louis. Piles of rubble are all that remains at the corner of 11th and Spruce streets, where the Cupples 7 building once stood.

The 113-year-old brick warehouse was part of the Cupples Station Historic District, a massive complex of 20 buildings that served as the logistics hub for the city in the early 20th century. Today, just eight remain.   

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Cupples 7
4:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Demolition Starts Next Week On Long-Neglected Cupples 7

Cupples 7 on May 29, 2013
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A nearly two-year battle over the fate of a historic warehouse in downtown St. Louis is over.

Crews from Spirtas Wrecking Company will begin to demolish the nine-story Cupples 7 building at 10th and Spruce streets next week. The work will take about three months.

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Tax credits
1:15 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Tax Credits Die Again In Missouri Senate

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri senators have given up their attempt to pass an overhaul of some of the state's tax credit programs for businesses and developers.


Supporters of the bill set it aside Friday after Republican Sen. Brad Lager, of Savannah, spoke against it for an hour in a filibuster that could have otherwise continued until the session's mandatory end at 6 p.m.


The legislation would have created tax incentives for international air cargo exports, computer data centers and investors in startup technology companies.

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Preservation
12:49 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

'Flying Saucer' To Get Mo. Statewide Preservation Award

The newly-renovated 'Flying Saucer' building in Midtown now holds a Starbucks and is slated to hold a Chipotle restaurant.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The building in Midtown which has become commonly known as the "Flying Saucer" will receive an award for its much-publicized transformation.

The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation will recognize the effort at their Preservation Honor Awards ceremony on Feb. 27.

A Starbucks moved into the former gas station and Del Taco restaurant in Sep. 2012 and a Chipotle restaurant is expected to inhabit the other side of the building in the coming weeks. 

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Historic Preservation Tax Credits
3:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Preservation Tax Credit Cap Could Be Cut In Half

via Flickr/alancleaver_2000

Members of a panel created to review Missouri’s tax credits are leaning towards recommending that the cap on Historic Preservation tax credits be cut nearly in half.

The incentives program is popular with developers, but Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and a group of Republican State Senators say it’s draining off revenues from the state budget.

Tom Reeves co-chairs the subcommittee looking into Historic Preservation tax credits. He says he favors much of the recommendation from two years ago to reduce the annual cap from $140 million a year to $75 million a year.

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Endangered buildings
12:42 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

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

Carr School is among the most endangered buildings in St. Louis for 2012 as determined by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis. The Ittner-designed school was on the inaugural list in 1992.
(Landmarks Association of St. Louis/Andrew Weil)

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.

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