I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
Cupples 7 is coming down.
There has been all sorts of beautiful renovations downtown south of Market Street, but the area continues to lack something that will make it a truly vibrant neighborhood. Here are some of my suggestions. First of all, while they should… Continue Reading
Update: This is Cupples 9, and was renovated successfully. The only other Cupples Warehouse sitting empty, besides #7, is this one. In some ways, not counting the collapsed roof, this building, which is flagged for renovation, has more problems with… Continue Reading
You’re right, this is the wrong way to make a downtown thrive: crashing interstates and absurdly designed entrance and exist ramps through once vibrant neighborhoods and historic structures that are so prized today.
One improvement that could greatly aid the area, and free up much needed real estate, would be to move the power substation to a less prominent location, perhaps south of the interstate.
The renovation of the five easternmost buildings in the Cupples Warehouse complex illustrate the potential for redevelopment, provided the buildings are stabilized before being allowed to deteriorate by irresponsible owners.
Update: Cupples 7 was demolished anyway. The saving of exterior walls has occurred throughout the country. My experience with the saving of curtain walls, even when the rest of the building has been torn down, was in Washinton, DC in… Continue Reading
Update: Demolished before renovation could occur. There has been a lot of disinformation, and outright lies being spread about the condition of Cupples Warehouse #7. Read the facts here, at the Cultural Resource Office’s website; scroll down to page 28… Continue Reading
St. Louis has had a long love/hate relationship for the blocks of the city just south of Market Street. What was once an actual stream, Mill Creek, slowly transformed over the course of the city’s history. In a way, the… Continue Reading