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Sunday, January 25, 2009

In Memoriam: 1709 Annie Malone in the Ville

1709 Annie Malone is one of those structures that even stalwart preservationists might admit was a lost cause prior to its demolition.



































This 2007 photograph shows a fairly solid front elevation...































...while the rear elevation can scarcely hide its sorry state.

Yet, somehow, it seems to be not altogether impossible that we could pass by this block today and see a solid facade preserved and lying in wait for someone to construct a shell around the historic street frontage.

Instead, we have this:






















Not even the tree could survive in this desolate, deurbanized environment. The building was taken down in September of 2007.

Please, City of St. Louis Building Division, research facade preservation. Other cities do do it!

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2 comments:

Alex said...

I love the "dote" image!

Matt M. said...

I do too! :D

It's the only word in the "hope inventory" that Barack really never gave due credit to. We should all dote on the people and places we care about. Thus, dote. (That last sentence was an imperative, by the way.)

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