ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – While some neighborhoods in St. Louis are experiencing a construction boom, others continue to struggle.

In particular, shuttered St. Louis school buildings are among several sites up are for sale. Some are under contract in the neighborhoods where general redevelopment is booming.

Andrew Weil of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis says there are definitely winners and losers in the construction game for certain neighborhoods, but notes the incredible rate of revival.

“[There are] a lot of neighborhoods that continue to struggle, but in the neighborhoods that are revitalizing the pace of reinvestment is really unprecedented,” he says.

And it’s not just historic preservation but new construction filling in the gaps with interesting, contemporary buildings.

However, many of the schools built by famous St. Louis school architect William B. Iitner are unlikely to escape demolition.

“The chances of these buildings being redeveloped before the vandalism and the decay get so extreme that the costs make redevelopment essentially impossible,” Weil says. He adds that it’s a “disgrace” to see some of the abandoned buildings demolished rather than rehabilitated.

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Comments (3)
  1. westbywest says:

    The lead image is a stock photo from Romania. Why not show a picture of St. Louis’ own architectural heritage? There are plenty of historic 19th century brick facades all over St. Louis, in need of thorough renovation but nevertheless salvageable, and with ornamentation similar to what’s seen in the photo. This story is about rehab.

  2. Mike Franks says:

    The disgrace should be put on the backs of the St. Louis Public School District and their refusal to sell the William B. Litner buildings to the private schools who had the cash to buy them but the SPSD didn’t want the competition and now they are not economical to rehab. The other problem is the Landmarks Association its self for refusal to accept the facts that not all old buildings can be save nor should they.

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