Kerry Manderbach | St. Louis Public Radio

Kerry Manderbach

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in was badly damaged in a fire last month in south St. Louis.
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

The owner of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in St. Louis wants to rebuild following last month's fire that heavily damaged its home near the Compton Hill Reservoir Park.

Dr. David Karpeles said he is looking into fixing the windows and roof of the former church, but the interior walls will likely not be replaced. That would leave one large room in the back half of the building.

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in was badly damaged in a fire last month in south St. Louis.
Andy Field | St. Louis Public Radio

Inspectors are going through the rubble of a historic-document museum in St. Louis trying to find the cause of a fire that heavily damaged the building. The former church in south city has been home to the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum since 2015.

“As far as the actual exhibits, we saved those,” said museum director Kerry Manderbach.