Well we knew it was going to happen, though sometime you can just try to ignore reality...though the wonderful Bernoudy/Mutrux- designed Schweiss Home is coming down. See more pictures of the home HERE.
You may ask....how can this happen? It is the reality of finances. The home is only about 1,000 sq ft and the current owners wanted $400,000 for it....and it eventually sold for $375,000. That is $375 a square foot in Ladue which is very high. The home was is poor condition. 4 Daniel Rd. was never really listed in the open market. I had it under contract once, though the Buyer could not get it to appraise for anywhere near the purchase price....even with the lot value. Appraisers and banks can't get around price per sq foot. The other challenge was finding other 1,000 sq ft, 1 bedroom homes in Ladue for comps.
We needed someone to buy it who could pay cash and did not care about making it a financial decision....a charitable, architecture enthusiast! They are out there!
Someone snatched the boy off of the frog. :( See him in one piece HERE
The Guild Building pictured below was designed by Meyer Loomstein and is doomed to be taken down soon for a mixed use development. It was one of my favorites on the tour. Located at 7912 Bonhomme. Remember the house I featured on Lindell designed by Meyer Loomstein...check it out... HERE
I looks like these buildings on the "Forsyth Bend" in Clayton are being prepped to be taken down. No tenants and one was just boarded up.
This picture of the other building across the street is from 2008 when I first heard rumors that it was coming down. It really is empty now. See more pics HERE.
Come on the Modern STL's Clayton Mid-century tour on October 11th. Read more HERE
From the Modern STL Group newsletter:
We've learned since our last newsletter that Covington Realty Partners has walked away from its plans for a 14-story apartment tower to replace the Central West End's Optimist International Building after failing to obtain tax abatement for the project. This leaves us guardedly hopeful that a new buyer can be found who will appreciate the building for its beauty and reuse potential rather than as a tear down. Interested in owning one of the city's most important modern buildings, or know someone else who is? Check out the real estate listing here.
STL-Style Blog reports that a McBride Homes development is going up on the Mississippi River Bluffs in South St. Louis. It will be next to the Mississippi Bluffs condo building and a historic mansion. We should call it "Ballwin on the River"!....ugh...with the main front elevation feature being a garage.
Hi Blog Fans,
Help inform the Library Trustees that residents of St. Louis are interested in saving the Lewis and Clark Library and do an renovation, not destruction of present facility.
Please sign the petition. Click here to add your name:
Read more from my previous post HERE
In case you missed this article in the Riverfront Times Blog....check it out: HERE
Tonight, we have seen history, in some small part, repeat itself. The figures of Lewis and Clark find a modern day kinship in the persons of Frederick Dunn and Bob Harmon. Both sets were pioneers, both succeeded because of a shared common vision with their colleague, both were greatly inspired by the future possibilities that lay before them. In short, Lewis and Clark, Dunn and Harmon ventured beyond the boundaries of the status quo. So it is no accident that Dunn and Harmon were able to capture the spirit of Lewis and Clark in that remarkable building, for they themselves possessed it.
The cathedrals of Chartres, Notre Dame, Cologne are magnificent structures. But they would not attract such attention without the harmony they possess, the harmony between art and architecture. This principle is wonderfully displayed in the Lewis and Clark library. The open space of the library, the penetrating presence of the trees and light through the windows, and the figures of Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea all serve as a canvas for a spirit of exploration and adventure. How many other libraries can lay claim to such a backdrop? And what a fitting backdrop for a library, where minds young and old, can explore the treasures of mankind's acquired knowledge.
I think St. Louis may not realize what it possesses in the windows of the Lewis and Clark Library. Departing from the norm, they provide visual interest from both the inside and the outside of the building. Prior to this, stained glass was almost exclusively an interior interest. The library also moved a primarily religious medium into the secular world, without compromising its integrity. Sure, there are libraries out there that contain a stained glass window here and there, but they are almost always displayed as a museum piece, no different from a painting on a wall.
Very, very few libraries possess windows that are integral to the building and its identity.
I could go on and on about the stained glass and its beauty and contribution to the building, but two minutes were alloted to me and I fear that I've already abused that. We at Emil Frei would like to thank you for recognizing the work of our artists and craftsmen and for bringing attention to the great pillars of the past.
Presented by Steven Frei, September 19, 2013
Written by Aaron Frei
Read more about how this building is in danger HERE
Last night I ventured out to North County to see the historic Lewis & Clark Library and hear a talk by Esley Hamilton on Frederick Dunn. It features incredible stained glass windows by artist Robert Harmon of Emil Frei & Associates and is by far the most architecturally significant building in the St. Louis County Library system. It is also, coincidentally, slated for demolition under SLCL’s 2012 Facilities Master Plan. It all comes down to politics. Other parts of the county are getting new libraries...politicians feel that there will be an uproar if North County just gets a renovation project. I don't think the City of St. Louis was unhappy with the gorgeous renovation project of our City Library!
Please take a moment to write these people to express your concern.
Your input is crucial!
To write in favor of preserving and renovating the historic Lewis & Clark Branch for future use, send a few words to:
St. Louis County Library
Lynn Beckwith, Jr. President of the Board of Trustee 1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63131.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley: http://www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/CountyExecutive/DearCharlie
We are all so used to seeing religious scenes in stained glass. I found it exhilarating to see the Lewis & Clark depictions in stained glass. It is worth the jaunt to see these wonders- 9909 Lewis-Clark Boulevard
Click HERE to see a list of historic building Wins and Losses this year. St. Louis has two Wins....the AAA Lindell building and the Del Taco Flying Saucer!
Read more about this Fredrick Dunn masterpiece that is in danger of demolition:
My blog does have readers! I have been getting a nice response from Bernoudy/ architecture/ MCM enthusiast who want to make sure that this treasure is not lost. Everyone is just in love with the small home. There is real danger of the property being purchased just for the valuable Ladue lot. See my previous post HERE. There are some serious parties, though there is no resting until "they put their money where their mouth is!"
The fun building on N Lindbergh before Page Ave near the JCCA is coming down. The windows are boarded up and fencing surrounds the perimeter. Sad. I wrote about this building on my post HERE.
Read more HERE. This is one of my favorite buildings in St. Louis. How could they consider tearing it down! I have to admit that I have been in that Drive-thru a few times in the wee morning also.....just not recently.
The former Phillips 66 at Council Plaza. Photograph by Toby Weiss, 2001
The cool Art Deco house up in North County at 11851 Benham Rd, St. Louis, MO 63138 is for sale. It looks like it is bank-owned. Only $54,900. Listed by St. Louis County as a historic home.
Offered by Benjamin Niocholas, Realty Executives of St. Louis, 314-756-9100
Now as it appears without the awnings.
This Saturday before you start your plans with your loved-one, come to the CWE and show your support for an endangered Mid-century building. Remember...once building like these are gone... it is forever. With the proper vision and design, this building could be the coolest boutique hotel in St. Louis.
Here is a link to a website that has been focused on the San Luis.
Here are some pics of The Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip in LA. Once a shabby mid-century eyesore....now it is one of the hippest hotels in the area. All the San Luis needs is someone with the right vision for the mid-century building.
|former Hotel De Ville (San Luis Apartments). Landmarks' photo|
The Board of Directors of Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. urges retention and rehabilitation of the former De Ville Motor Hotel at 4483 Lindell Boulevard. Designed by Colbert, Lowery, Hess & Boudreaux of New Orleans and completed in 1963, the building is a strong example of mid-century modern architecture. Through curvilinear forms and differentiation of wall materials, the hotel possesses a striking geometric presence. With covered parking placed in the rear away from Lindell Boulevard, the Hotel DeVille promotes the pedestrian-friendly quality of the Lindell streetscape.
Additionally, the building is a complementary member of a collection of modern buildings around the intersection of Lindell and Taylor, including Lindell Terrace to the west, the Archdiocesan Chancery to the east and the Optimists' Club building to the south. Most recently the San Luis Apartments, the building maintains the street wall on Lindell, enhancing the context of the Cathedral. Loss of the building for a surface parking lot would dramatically demean this context. Thus, the Board emphatically opposes the creation of a surface parking lot on Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End Historic District.
I understand that the lovely, mid-century Clayton Forsyth Building is targeted to be torn down in the next couple years. It will be replaced with a retail and condo complex. I have always admired this building that echos the curve in Forsyth. It is too bad that St. Louis continues to tear down its mid-century architecture.
Check out the story here concerning the plans for the Archdiocese of St. Louis to tear down the San Luis Apartments on Lindell. This building has/had tons of potential to become a very hip boutique hotel along the lines of The Standard and the Mondrian in LA. The hallways are all exposed on one side to the outside of the building with just a glass wall. Imagine if you had colored lights in the hallway that cast a blue light out. So many options...too bad the building is going to become a parking lot???? right on Lindell????