ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Can Facebook save the historic Del Taco building in Midtown St. Louis?
“It’s one of the, kind of the gems of St. Louis architecture. One of the neatest old buildings that’s still around,” explains Mike Batchelor. Batchelor is an architecture enthusiast — especially mid-century modern.
When he found out this week about plans to demolish the saucer shaped structure, he created a facebook page called Save St. Louis Del Taco. It already has thousands of followers.
“Honestly I figured we may have 20 or 30 people who were interested in saving the building, but I’ve been kind of shocked by the response. It seems like every time I refresh the page I’m seeing more people.”
The Del Taco building — which was first a Phillips 66 — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A developer wants to demolish the structure to make way for up to 7-thousand square feet of retail space.
KMOX News asked whether his effort to save an old building would hamper economic progress. “There’s a lot of strip malls, there’s a lot of vacant retail space not far from that area there, and it just seems better to save something historic like that than to put in more redundant retail space.”
Batchelor plans to go to historic preservation officials to fight the demolition.
KMOX News has calls in to city officials and the developer for more information.
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