The building was built before the Civil War, but developers want to tear it down and build storage lockers in its place.
With the issuance of a demolition permit pending, St. Louis Mayor Slay says if there’s a developer out there — “this is the last moment.”
It’s prominent spot it occupies along South Kingshighway will become just another empty lot, with no immediate plans for development.
St. Louis University wants to put up a new building on the site.
The owner of the building could still apply for an emergency demolition permit, but preservationists hope that doesn’t happen.
Of the permits issued in July, about 760 were for demolition, with another 60 issued for new home construction.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors that removed debris will stay until August 21.
“It’s such a beacon of really cool design that we don’t see too often.”
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