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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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Update: The Murphy Building was torn down in May of 2015; almost none of the ornamental terracotta, including the two caryatids, was saved from the landfill.

2 Comments

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

  2. Is the Majestic Theater still standing? Wondering how the demo affected that.

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