Above: the Mullanphy Emigrant Home, at 1609 N. 14th Street, after it opened in 1867.
After five months of negotiations and countless conversations with supporters in the public and private sectors, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group now has a contract to acquire the Mullanphy Emigrant Home building so that the wall could be re-built and the building preserved for a future redevelopment.
The Mullanphy building is the anchor for the Mullanphy National Historic District at the southern end of Old North St. Louis, just north of downtown. Designed by prominent architects George Barnett, who also designed the Missouri Governor’s mansion, and Alfred Piquenard, who helped design the Illinois and Iowa State Capitol buildings, the Mullanphy building is one of only two Italianate civic buildings left in the City of St. Louis. Built during a decade in which the city’s population was nearly doubling, the Mullanphy building provided transitional housing to waves of new Americans until they could get settled and start their new lives in St. Louis.
After the city initially issued a demolition order in April, ONSLRG mobilized support to reverse that order and pursue stabilization of the building. Since April, ONSLRG has received help from the Mayor’s office, the Aldermanic President, Alderwoman April Ford Griffin, the Cultural Resources Office, the Land Reutilization Authority, Landmarks Association, Missouri Preservation and many individuals.
But, now that ONSLRG has the building under contract, the non-profit community-based organization needs to raise $100-150,000 to pay for urgent stabilization before another dangerous storm comes through or winter weather arrives. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1) send a tax-deductible contribution (of any amount from $10 to $100,000) made payable to “ONSLRG” (with “Mullanphy” in the subject line of the check) to:
Old North St. Louis Restoration Group
2800 N. 14th Street
St. Louis, MO 63107
2) tell everyone you know about the building and why it’s important to save it;
3) send information about foundation or corporate charitable funds that may be appropriate to the address above or by calling or emailing the ONSLRG staff at 314-241-5031 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
4) help ONSLRG spread the word, plan fundraising events, or research the building’s history and role in the development of the city by contacting the office at the addresses or phone numbers above;
5) stay tuned to this blog and/or the ONSLRG website (www.ONSL.org) for updates.