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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

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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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