Clemens Mansion, Mid-January Before Demolition

Back, just when the demolition of the Clemens Mansion was just starting, I took these pictures. I am very sad to see it go, particularly because the owner, Paul McKee never put any real effort into saving it, and more importantly, never gave anyone the chance to purchase it (for those in the “why don’t you buy it and save it?” crowd).


  1. There have been many terrible losses of historic buildings in St. Louis’s recent history. This will rank as one of the worst, if not the worst, due to the whole sordid saga of how such an important building was allowed by a city-empowered developer to fall into ruin over such a long period of time.

    • And the ability to buy protection from corrupt city leaders. McKee never once received a code violation for his violation of city law.

  2. I had been in this Beautiful Landmark ! Thanks to Paul Mckee, the developer of this area and the Landmarks Association of St.Louis , they should be tried by a Jury for their absolute Neglect and ficticious promises to Protect this WORLD LANDMARK! They are Guilty in the eyes of many !

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