Update: Demolished as planned in July of 2022.
You might have heard in the news about the expansion planned by the St. Louis Symphony, which will add new wings out the east and south of the original building built as the St. Louis Theater. Not mentioned is the demolition of the Culver House, which I have featured before as the Stephen Allen Bemis House, back in August of last year. I had wondered why the Portfolio Gallery had moved out, and I found out why. I can tell you from having visited the former gallery that the house was in excellent condition, and not some firetrap.
So what is my opinion? Steve Smith, the developer, architect and owner of the Lawrence Group, has stepped forward and offered land nearby for the house if someone comes up with the money to move it there. It’s been done recently in St. Louis with one of the houses in the footprint of the Defense Mapping Agency. Someone with deep pockets needs to step up, or it will almost certainly be demolished. It’s pretty simple, so if you know someone, let the powers-that-be know you’d like to help finance the move.