Update: Looking back now as of January of 2021, I quite frankly don’t know why I was so worked up about the demolition of the San Luis. It really was not an attractive building–it was actually quite mediocre and dated–so I don’t blame the Archdiocese for tearing it down. In fact, I have a great relationship with the Archdiocese nowadays, and many members of its staff help me on a regular basis. I do hope that one day that the parking lot is replaced with a higher use. The appeal really had no chance of succeeding.
The Missouri Court of Appeals denied the Friends of the San Luis’s appeal. Read the decision here. The message seems to be that if you want to get rid of a building you don’t want, make sure to tear it down as quickly as possible, negating your opponents’ efforts to stop your destructiveness.