As director of Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Andrew Weil is often one of the first to learn about the threats facing the city's architectural legacy. Whether it's a historic building demolished due to neglect or development, each loss hurts. Still, Weil and his small staff keep on slugging alo ... More >>
Kelly Spencer first spotted the boarded-up former art deco filling station that now houses the Station at the Social Affair (2232 Thurman Avenue; 314-735-5527) while moving into her then-new home in the neighborhood ten years ago. From that point on, she made it her goal to make that piece of histor ... More >>
The contribution and influence of African-American artists to the St. Louis sound and the universal music scene is undeniable. From Scott Joplin to Chuck Berry and countless others, St. Louisans have helped define what ragtime, jazz, the blues and rock 'n' roll are today. Scattered around the city, ... More >>
Operating a small, historic house museum is never easy, even in the best of times. In the worst of times -- such as earlier this month when a a pipe burst and destroyed new carpeting and other renovations at the Chatillon-DeMenil House -- the challenges of fundraising and logistics can seem overwhel ... More >>
The Landmarks Association of St. Louis is honoring Joe Edwards, savior of the Loop, with the H. Meade Summers Jr. Award for lifetime achievement in historic preservation. The annual event involves meeting the chefs of several local restaurants along with a cooking demonstration, food, drinks and tou ... More >>
One of the biggest St. Louis stories this week is news that Father Lawrence Biondi, president of Saint Louis University, will be stepping down after months of faculty and student protest. One controversial component of Biondi's leadership is his record on land acquisition and development -- with som ... More >>
Unless a developer steps up, the historic Cupples 7 building in downtown St. Louis will soon be demolished. And even if developers do emerge, they would need to have a solid plan to stabilize the site immediately -- or else it will have to come down. So says the city, which doesn't own the site, b ... More >>
What's going on with the Pevely Dairy complex? Not a whole lot, it seems, much to the frustration of preservationists and other groups that fought to stop Saint Louis University from demolishing the landmark complex on South Grand Boulevard. Several university spokespeople did not respond to Daily ... More >>
The 2012 Best of St. Louis issue is fast approaching. Have you voted yet? Go do it now before it's too late! Have you finished debating the finer points of the 2011 issue? We haven't, hence this list. While researching contenders for a certain Best Of category last year, we realized our town has a h ... More >>
The Castle Ballroom - one of St. Louis' few remaining links its jazzy musical past - is in need of a buyer. And despite some challenges, boosters see potential to rehabilitate the facility to its former glory. Located at 2839 Olive St., the Castle Ballroom was one of the first dance halls that targ ... More >>
Albert SamahaDemocracy in action!The wheelchair contingent from the Grand View Tower apartments rolls deep at the "Save Our Saucer" rally in front of the South Grand building formerly known as Del Taco. There's John Clay and Mike Buford and Eddy West and five or six of their friends, most of ... More >>
This is just a friendly reminder that the Tivoli is screening the Chuck Berry film Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll tomorrow night at 7:20 p.m.! Details here.courtesy of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis
Two weeks ago I reported that Landmarks Association of St. Louis was scrambling to secure funding for a new downtown space it has planned, Architecture St. Louis. The project’s main underwriter, Larry Cohn, had pledged $500,000. He even wrote a check for a portion of that sum, but the check bounce ... More >>
Larry Cohn turned heads by making huge donations to St. Louis charities. Then he up and disappeared.
SLU won't say what it has in store for the Locust Business District.
We lament the impending doom of our beloved train-trailer, talk to a guy with some great squirrel recipes and go to jail. Plus: Can taking Communion give you the flu?
Week of June 2, 2004
The king of beers lords over a small Soulard enclave
There was nothing wrong with the Missouri Botanical Garden's downtrodden neighbor to the north that a bulldozer couldn't fix
Landmarks Association raises the roof
Competing nominations bring high-pressure politics to the Century Building -- again
A tour of the city with the Landmarks Association's Carolyn Toft presents views of what is and what could be
The mayor names a PR wiz to a city board and ends up with a PR problem
For eight years, the city has kept Mark Finney from replacing the historic Syndicate Trust Building with a parking garage. He says, "Buy it or get the hell out of the way." It's time to put up or shut up.
The demolition of the Winkelmeyer house signals the city's new view of historic preservation
Things are looking up for the Arcade Building, but what will happen to the Marquette Building is anyone's guess; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
A desperate St. Louis pays top dollar to gamble on a risky convention-center hotel
Neighbors want to buy and fix it. A building inspector recommends saving it. And yet the Housing Authority insists on tearing down 5950 Enright. The story of a house -- and a city's demolition craze.