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Preservationists rush to save historic home in north STL

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The Mullanphy Home now has a huge hole in it after last weekend's storms. (photos from eco-absence.org)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

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St. Louis, MO – Preservationists are scrambling to save a historic building in north St. Louis that was damaged during storms last weekend.

The Mullanphy Emigrant Home and the old State Hospital on Arsenal are the only buildings of the Italianate architectural style left in the City. Last weekends' storms brought winds that ripped down almost the entire southern wall of the Mullaphy Home.

Sean Thomas, with the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, says the building can be saved. But the current owner can't afford to fix it. "The current owner is willing to sell to somebody who has the capacity and willing to give him something that would allow him to not take a catastrophic loss on it," Thomas said Thursday.

"He understands he will probably have to take a loss on it."

The Mullanphy Emigrant Home is so named because immigrants from Europe stayed there during the late 1800s when they first arrived until they could find a home.

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