I can’t believe how much potential lives in the area just north of Laclede’s Landing. Beautiful, relatively stable warehouses await adaptive reuse, but with the economy in the tank, I am afraid that this will take some time.
Update: The building above was destroyed by fire in October of 2022.
I’m more worried about the casino wanting these buildings torn down so none of their faint-hearted patrons might have to endure the sight of an abandoned building, as has already doomed the cold storage warehouse torn down two years ago.
Update: Sligo Steel has been demolished.
With the departure of Sligo Steel, the area grows even more desolate.
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At one time, St. Louis ruled with hardware companies; we supplied the West.The first photo was of a long-time vendor, Shapleigh Hardware, which was one of THE largest here. The father of a neighbor boy worked there before and long after WWII as a gunsmith. That place was a wholesaler for everything you could imagine.The photo shown was just one of a number of buildings Shapleigh had here.An early history is here: http://shapleigh0.tripod.com/shapleighfamilyassociation/id13.htmland a further pdf is here: http://www.thckk.org/history/shapleigh-history.pdfThe company passed in 1960, I believe.