City Seeks Public Input for Modern Architecture Survey
The City of St. Louis Cultural Resources Office is seeking public input regarding the selection of buildings for further documentation as part of an architectural survey of modern architecture that is currently underway. A public meeting is being held on Monday, February 11th at 5:30 pm in the 2nd floor hearing room at 1520 Market Street. The intent of the survey is to determine which modern era buildings in the City of St. Louis are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and/or eligible for designation as a City Landmark. Either designation would trigger a review by the Cultural Resources Office if a demolition is proposed and National Register designation would make substantial rehabilitations eligible for Federal and Missouri State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Andrew Weil, executive director of Landmarks Association points out in an NPR story about the grant, that the demolition of the San Luis Apartments on Lindell Boulevard focused attention on the fact that many modern era buildings in St. Louis lack of any protection from demolition.
Vanishing STL was created to illustrate the continuing loss of irreplaceable architecture from landmark buildings to ordinary homes due to demolition, abandonment and neglect. Often I write about structures threatened with demolition to bring awareness of the situation and promote preservation as an alternative. All photos are by Paul Hohmann unless noted otherwise.