Murphy Building, East St. Louis, Revisited

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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. 

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

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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2 Comments Add yours

  1. samizdat says:

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

  2. Ben Banet says:

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

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