Archive for December, 2006

Thursday, December 28, 2006

How About a Gift to Future
Generations of St. Louisans?
The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has received a challenge from a contributor who will match new contributions to the Mullanphy preservation up to $2,000. So, if you’ve been waiting for the right moment to send in your donation, now is the time to get it in. Click on the link to the right for details on how to get your contribution to us. And if you’re considering year-end gifts with an eye on your 2006 tax situation, contributions to ONSLRG are tax-deductible. With that in mind, why not make a gift that can be appreciated for generations to come? We will be making provisions for a public display acknowledging contributions to this cause, and we’d be interested to hear your suggestions on how best to do that. Post your ideas right here or send them in to

Above: Crews from E.M. Harris Construction Co. cleared away debris and removed the metal shed at the south end of the building last week to prepare for work to shore it up and re-build the wall.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Bank of America Honors ONSL
“Local Hero” Johnnie Owens
Last month Bank of America presented “Local Hero” awards to five individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in St. Louis area community development as volunteers. ONSL’s very own Johnnie Owens was recognized as one of these Local Heroes because of her work as ONSLRG’s board vice president, her countless hours tending the Hebert Community Garden, her contributions of time to her grandchildren’s school, and her coordination of her church’s food pantry. Congratulations to Johnnie and thank you to Bank of America for highlighting the fact that genuine community building starts with a foundation of dedicated community leadership.

Above: Johnnie Owens (third from left) accepts the Local Hero Award from Bank of America and presents ONSLRG executive director Sean Thomas with a Bank of America contribution of $5,000. Johnnie was able to select a non-profit of her choice to receive the contribution from the bank in honor of her award. At the far right is Patricia Mercurio, President, Bank of America Missouri.

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Podcast on 14th Street Mall currently features a podcast about the history and future of the 14th Street Mall. Click on this link – 14th Street Mall Podcast – to listen to the story.

On the subject of the 14th Street Mall – Do you have any photos of the mall or the street from 10, 15, 50 years ago? We are collecting as many pictures of the evolving streetscape over the years, especially of any of the buildings along 14th Street from the south side of Warren up to Wright Street. If you have any photos that we can copy or put on display in our Community History Museum, give us a call at 314-241-5031, or send an email to The photo above is of the building at 2601 N. 14th in 1875. The original source is unknown, but we found it published in a special insert in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 20, 1977, announcing the “Grand Opening” of the “North 14th Street Open Air Mall.”

Sunday, December 3, 2006

A Blast of Winter
in Old North St. Louis

Back in July we were hit with a major storm that toppled trees, damaged buildings and knocked out power to much of the neighborhood in the midst of sweltering summer heat. Now that it’s frigid cold outside, we got hit with another storm that left parts of the neighborhood without power and heat. At some point between late Thursday and early Friday, Old North St. Louis got blanketed with a mixture of ice and snow, which proved to be too much for some trees. Downed trees and branches took down power lines and forced some ONSL residents out of their homes for the second time this year.

Despite the frustration, inconvenience and discomfort, the good news is that most households had power restored within a day and there was relatively little damage to the neighborhood’s historic buildings.

The 1200 block of North Market offered a nice glimpse into the scenic side of winter, with a good mix of new North Market Place homes alongside beautifully restored 19th century homes and the soon-to-be-completed historic rehab of the apartments at 1211-15 North Market on the right.

And for those of you wondering whether the Mullanphy Emigrant Home building made it through the storm, the photo below shows that it was still standing on Friday afternoon after being pelted by yet another storm. We are doing everything we can to get that walled closed up before the next storm hits. Which brings up the usual reminder — it’s not too late to do your part to help cover those costs. See the link in the right column for more details.

-posted by Sean Thomas


Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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