Rough Winter in St. Louis Place

Update: Many of the buildings below were demolished for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in 2017. The City of St. Louis cut ties with Paul McKee’s Northside in June of 2018. Others are still standing. The Reservoir Market was demolished.

My continued examination of the St. Louis Place neighborhood brought me back up north last weekend.  Still trimmed with piles of snow, I saw that many buildings had suffered over the winter.

I’ve always been intrigued by this row of HUD houses; they’re quickly falling apart, which is not surprising since they were probably built cheaply.

I never noticed this building until I found it in this state, partially collapsed and sitting abandoned.

Intact, occupied houses sit right in the shadow of completely destroyed houses.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann says:

    Where is that lovely house that has the exposed roof??

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Do you mean in the first picture?

      1. Ann says:

        5th picture – where you can see a little room…

        1. Chris Naffziger says:

          The Reservoir Market; I am going to have a post about it next week.

          1. Ann says:

            I eagerly await! I need to do some UrbEx if places like Winkleman are disappearing quickly!

  2. Paul says:

    I snapped a photo of 2516 N. 22nd Street this last June. Slow deterioration has made the situation a little worse, but otherwise it looks like absolutely nothing has been done: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pasa/7433305892/in/set-72157625914992501/

    1. Paul says:

      I’m also curious about those HUD houses. These houses are in nearly every neighborhood in the city, and they’re horrible. Any idea how/why that model got built so many times?

      1. Chris Naffziger says:

        Good question; I need to look into it.

    2. Chris Naffziger says:

      Oh wow, that has been like that for that long??? The pile of bricks spilling out on the street hasn’t changed much in eight months.

  3. Paul says:

    At least the building division put up their little saw horses…

  4. samizdat says:

    Ironically, I bet many, if not most, of those deteriorating houses are LRA-owned. I remember when they used to sell these things for a dollar, back in the seventies and eighties. Now, for some inexplicable reason, they are left to rot. And not a single journalist, or journalistic outlet has taken up the mantle to investigate this corruption. Sure, some noise is made about Paul Mckee, but little else is spoken about the LRA.

    When someone comes to take down 1948, I hope they realize those shingles laid over the original slate contain asbestos.

  5. Chris Naffziger says:

    Condemned to be demolished in January; no movement on it yet, though.

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