Friday, May 16, 2014
If you haven’t started yet, time is running out to start spreading the news that TOMORROW, Saturday, May 17th, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. is our annual celebration of all that is enriching, inspirational, sustainable and just plain cool about living in walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly, diverse, historic neighborhoods; or, in simpler terms: the Old North House & Community Tour.
For a limited time only - the rest of today, to be precise - you can get your tickets for the advance ticket price of just $10. Click HERE to get your tickets now.
We’ve posted numerous reasons for attending this tour already, but we now offer the following highlights, in no particular order:
AWARDS, AWARDS, and more AWARDS in this Award-Winning Neighborhood
Come see what all of the buzz is about and why so many unbiased, outside observers have deemed Old North and various components of the community here to be worthy of special recognition and awards.
Old North has more Landmarks Association “Most Enhanced Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation” per acre, per capita, or per total number of buildings than just about any other neighborhood in St. Louis. As reported here a couple days ago, the most recent Landmarks award in Old North has yet to be presented but has been announced. Come on out Saturday to see the incredible work done on the insides of 1303 North Market, one of the projects that will be recognized with a “Most Enhanced” Award by Landmarks on May 22.
Other properties that have won Landmarks awards will also be on this year’s tour, including 1408 Wright Street and spaces at Crown Square, which received a “Most Enhanced” Award in 2010 for the project as a whole.
Crown Square also won a National Trust for Historic Preservation / HUD Secretary’s Award for Overall Excellence in Historic Preservation in 2010, a Missouri Preservation “McReynolds Award” for historic preservation in 2011, and a J. Timothy Anderson Award from the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association.
The biggest award, however, came from U.S. EPA, which presented Old North with their National 2011 Overall Excellence Award for Smart Growth Achievement. Old North is the only neighborhood to receive this distinction in the entire Midwest. The only only other overall award-winner in the Midwest was the whole greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area in 2006.
Other awards for the comprehensive revitalization in progress around here have come from East-West Gateway Council of Governments (just last year for public-nonprofit collaboration), U.S. Green Building Council -Missouri Gateway Chapter (also in 2013), American Society of Landscape Architects, St. Louis Chapter (their Civic Stewardship Award in 2011), and Focus St. Louis (with a What’s Right with the Region Award in 2007).
And, did we mention the FREE ICE CREAM? All ticket-holding tour-goers will receive a free cup of ice cream, courtesy of Crown Candy Kitchen - but being distributed at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery.
And a FREE CUP OF COFFEE for all ticket-holding tour-goers from La Mancha Coffeehouse.
SPOTLIGHT ON CROWN SQUARE BUSINESSES
In addition to an incredible variety of relatively new and historically-rehabbed homes, apartments, and gardens throughout Old North, the tour also will feature businesses in Old North, including Blackmun Footcare and Firecracker Press.
OLD NORTH’S FIRST “LITTLE FREE LIBRARY” in Wingmann Park
As reported here on May 14, this Saturday will mark the official opening of our new Old North Little Free Library in Wingmann Park (along the 1400 block of Wright Street), which also will be one of the stops on the tour.
Environmentally-Friendly SHUTTLES to Transport you between tour stops
This year our shuttle options will include pedi-cabs from St. Louis 3-Wheel Taxi (as shown in our post from Wednesday the 12th) and electric-powered golf carts from St. Louis Golf Cars.
Our post from earlier today introduced Charlotte Harris (click HERE if you missed that). But, just a reminder now that Saturday will be a great chance to stop by to meet Charlotte and welcome her to ONSLRG.
We’ve got everything set and ready to go - all we need is YOU. Get your tickets now at the advance-ticket prices by clicking HERE (or on the image below) or by stopping by the ONSLRG office before 5 p.m. today.
And, as noted above, you can always pick up tickets on the day of the tour between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at St. Louis Avenue and North 14th Street. We look forward to seeing you here!
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