Completion at South Compton and Arsenal?

I guess they’re done repairing the corner of the building that was hit back in July of 2021? It survived the initial impact, as I showed in August of the same year, and then languished for a long time before reconstruction began in earnest earlier this year. I like how they imitated the crappy mortar in-fill where the cornice once was, and no replacement for the corner turret was in the works, apparently…

On a brighter note, here is a cool picture of the store back in its heyday, when there were full sized plate glass windows in the front.

Richard Lemen, View east down Arsenal Street at the intersection with South Compton Ave. The building on the left is 3201 Arsenal Street. Man paints “Fresh Country Butter” on window of his business, c. 1925, Lemen Streets and Sewers Collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, St. Louis Public Library, Lemen 57.

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  1. ben says:

    kind of a bummer they didn’t replace the reliefs.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Indeed, as well as the original column, which was replaced with a steel beam. I suspect that modern building code required that new support, but I wish they could have somehow put the original around the new load bearing member–the column survived the crash.

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