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Friday, October 31, 2008

In Memoriam: the Olympia at 3863 West Pine/200 N. Vandeventer

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, constructed in 1926.

The Olympia apartment building fell victim, as many nearby structures did, to SLU "campusization".

It suffered from that mentality that a college campus, whether urban, suburban, or rural, must offer students a bucolic retreat from urban life.

SLU demolished it in 1993.

Here is the site today.

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At least the parking lot that replaced it is well obscured. Right?


Brian said...

I think this building came down just months before I started at SLU. It would have been great in its original configuration as apartments - maybe some of the land used for the "Student Village" could have been used for other purposes. The building might have made a nice dorm or office building as well. Losing the first-floor retail really hurts.

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