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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Sneak Preview of ONSL House & Community Tour

Day 39 of “45 Days in Old North”

One of the houses on this year’s Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour exemplifies what has been the bedrock of the neighborhood’s gradual transformation over the 26 years since ONSLRG was established - a lot of different individuals and families, sometimes with a little help from ONSLRG, putting in a lot of their own sweat, tears, and equity into homes that had suffered from years of neglect. The photo below shows 1416 Hebert, the vacant building at the far right, when work was underway to stabilize 1412 Hebert next door. Just a few years ago, the three buildings to the east of 1416 Hebert were vacant and deteriorating eyesores. ONSLRG was able to acquire 1408, 1410, and 1412 Hebert, and after investing some funds in urgent repair and stabilization work (including rebuilding the front wall at 1412), the organization was able to find buyers who had the resources and commitment to make the properties habitable and attractive again.

1408, 1410, and 1412 are now occupied by young families raising their children in the neighborhood, and 1416 is nearing completion of its rehab by James Cox. On Saturday, visitors to the ONSL House & Community Tour will get to see the inside of 1416. For now, though, we’ll offer a sneak preview:

Above: The original pine flooring on the first floor was meticulously restored and great care was taken to ensure that the new trim matched the original.

Above: Among the house’s environmentally-friendly features, bamboo flooring was installed on the second and third floors, where the original floors had to be replaced.

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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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