Friday, May 24, 2013
Overland's Midwood Hotel to be Demolished
I learned today via the Preserving St. Louis Facebook page that the Midwood Hotel in downtown Overland is slated for demolition. Apparently St. Louis County is planning to construct a roundabout at the six-way intersection of Midland Boulevard, Woodson Road and Milton Avenue. A photo from Emporis indicates that a few other buildings fronting Woodson may have already been demolished for the project.
The building with its signature glass block rounded corner was constructed in 1956 according to St. Louis County property records. This is later than I had thought. If anyone knows differently, please comment. The joist pockets in the facade indicate that the canopy seen over an entrance near the rear of the building once wrapped the entire length of the street facing elevations. What would have been storefronts on the first floor had been converted to small hotel rooms.
The building is a wedge shape that tapers down to less than ten feet wide at the alley.
The intersection of Midland and Woodson is pretty bleak from an urban design perspective. The Midwood is really the one of the only buildings left that addresses the intersection in any direct manner, and its loss will further disconnect the already separated sections of the commercial district.