Landmarks Association of St. Louis

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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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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Cupples demolition
4:50 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

Owner asks for permission to demolish Cupples 7

This screenshot from Google Maps shows the roof of Cupples 7 at 1014 Spruce. The building's owner has applied for a demolition permit, saying it's safer than having the building come down on its own.
(screenshot via Google Maps)

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.

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Brick Theft
11:09 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Brick theft steals St. Louis history

Andrew Weil is the Assistant Director of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, where he works to preserve the area’s 19th-century buildings. Lately, theives have been knocking them down to sell their bricks. (Mandi Rice, St. Louis Public Radio).

Every day, train cars and semi trucks leave St. Louis stacked high with pallets of bricks.  They head south to cities like New Orleans, to be reused in new construction. 

But those bricks leave at a cost to the city—they’re often stolen from buildings the city owns, damaging both the government’s investment and city’s historic heritage.  Mandi Rice takes us to one of those neighborhoods, and asks what the city government is doing to curb the problem.

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