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Friday, November 6, 2015

You Can Buy This Downtown Landmark/Art Gallery for Just $149K

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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Two neighboring properties on the 900 block of North Tucker Boulevard are looking for new owners. One is the 235,000-square-foot Post-Dispatch Building. The 85-year-old monolith has been on the market since May with an asking price of $4.25 million. The other, at 911 North Tucker, sits in a parking lot that's used by Post employees. The 3,700-square-foot row house is part art gallery, all St. Louis history – the last of its kind in that now lonesome part of downtown. It's also a total steal: This week the price dropped to $149,000.

Built in 1849, it once was surrounded by similar row houses and town homes, the neighborhood a popular blue-collar enclave. Stagger Lee, mythologized hundreds of times in story and song, lived a few doors down at 914 North Twelfth Street (as Tucker used to be known). Drew Wojcik bought the property back in the early aughts, according to this 2013 P-D profile, and he spent a year and a half on a gut rehab. The space, considered a Missouri landmark, is undeniably one of a kind and beautiful: a marble fireplace, some of the original pine floors, a whirlpool and, yes, an art gallery.

Still, questions remain: When a row house stands alone, is it still a row house? Why has the price dropped by more than half since January? What's it like to live in the P-D parking lot, and is it too late to bum smokes off of McClellan? Might the restless ghosts of Stagger Lee and Billy Lyon continue to stalk the neighborhood? What the hell is up with that glowing blue vanity in the bathroom (photo No. 14), and is it negotiable?

Realtor Daniel Byrne, an artist who has shown work in house's first-floor gallery, was mum on these questions, except to say that it's a unique property with a lot of amenities. Take a peek for yourself in this gallery of images.

PHOTOS: Buy This Landmark Property Downtown for $149,000

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