It finally happened, the Mullanphy Emigrant Home, which I last looked at back in June of this year, caught on fire and burned to the ground on the night of September 14th.
There is certainly no grand conspiracy, but simply the fact that overnight lows reached 50 degrees, and a squatter’s fire probably spread out of control. Honestly, as I remarked back in November of 2021, this was really the only logical conclusion to the story.
And if the situation at the old Famous Barr/Railway Exchange Building caught fire, of course. It’s a fireproof concrete construction, so it will never burn down, but it can still be damaged by fires breaking out. What a horrible situation.
In other news, last month a former seafood market in University City was in the news for all the wrong reasons. The tenant was evicted and left behind their stock, which putrefied over the summer. Don’t feel too bad for the landlord, which according to my research, lives in California (what other state would we expect?), so of course they didn’t notice. I hope they enjoyed how their absentee landlordism cost them $7,000 a day in cleanup fees. And trust me, they’ll never see a dime of that over $300,000 in back rent from the former seafood market owners. See why I’m always railing against landlords who live in California? By the way, records also show the building once housed an IGA supermarket built in 1970, which I didn’t realize ever had a presence in the St. Louis region.
The CostCo nearby, which destroyed a huge portion of the Chinese and other nationalities’ business community along Olive, is now open behind the Great Wall of CostCo. Just wait, they’ll move one minute up I-170 to the Page Avenue exit in Overland as soon as the TIF expires.
In other depressing news, the former Lutheran Hospital has been in the news in the last month or so, concerning the wholescale stripping of its metal and any other thing of value. It’s not surprising, and honestly I think the whole complex should be demolished and the street grid restored. The original mansion, at the southeast corner of Ohio and Potomac could be preserved.
The demolition of the old A.G. Edwards building is coming along nicely, and will be soon replaced with two new hotels.
The old St. Louis Syrup and Preserving Company southwest of the corner of N. 2nd and Cass Avenue is being demolished. I will assume nothing is being built in its place.
Ending on a high note, Lindell Boulevard is doing well.