Murphy Building, East St. Louis

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The poor Murphy Building, suffering now for decades, and constantly under threat of demolition. I actually thought it was doomed two years ago.

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But my, what an amazing, stunning entrance, with two caryatids holding up the pediment above. Will it be saved if the rest of the building comes down?

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Years ago, the keystones were stolen from the arches up above. Who could get away with such a brazen theft? Yes, that’s a tree growing on the roof.

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One Response

  1. samizdat

    07/31/2014, 09:07 am

    The theft probably was accomplished by smashing through from the inside. At 2am. Just a guess.

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