Reservoir Market was finally put out of its misery, sometime before September of this year. It looks like some of its walls are still preserved in its neighboring buildings. It is a sad loss, but not unexpected.
North from there, up St. Louis Place Park, the Freiegemeinde, or Free Thinkers’ Hall, looks like it is on its last leg, after likewise suffering for years after a partial collapse. The central gable is now leaning outward, and the porch with its cast-iron columns seem to be missing.
I know people who want to buy these houses, and have a proven track record of renovating huge, dilapidated buildings in neighborhoods such as St. Louis Place, but often the owners of these properties are nowhere to be found.
And, in a continuing series of how there is a double standard up north, several houses destroyed by fire were finally demolished, much later than it would have taken in St. Louis Hills or the Central West End. It has been almost two years since the fire that gutted these buildings.