Archive for October, 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Crown Square Weekly Construction Update

New progress photos from yesterday, October 30. Framing continues to be the major work item across the site. More mechanicals are also going in. Down on Warren trim is being installed at 1310, and the kitchen cabinets have arrived. Other work on site includes brickwork and the ever present interior demolition.

Check out the rest of the pics in the Crown Square set on Flickr. If the pictures are bad on your monitor like they are on mine, check out the Flickr page. They are clear there.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Crown Square Weekly Update

New update photos from Tuesday morning. The Crown Square project continues to make good progress. Lots of framing, brickwork, and mechanicals going in. To see more pics from Tuesday take a look at the Crown Square set over on our Flickr page.

Yes, that really is paint already. One building has been primed so far.

Wall Rebuilding

New water lines

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Public Meeting on Iron Horse Trestle

Great Rivers Greenway is hosting a public meeting for comment and discussion of the Iron Horse Trestle project that starts, or ends depending on your perspective, in the southern part of the neighborhood. It is planned for Thursday October 25, 5:00-7:30pm at Confluence Academy, 3017 North 13th St., St. Louis 63107. A light dinner and refreshments will be served.

5:00-6:00pm open house
6:00-6:30pm presentation about the project
6:30-7:30pm break-out sessions

The public forum will be an open house format at which attendees will be able to walk around at their leisure to view maps and information outlining the project scope and design opportunities, and talk to consultants one-on-one. Members of the consulting team will present an overview of the project summarizing the information followed by break out sessions to gather comments and feedback.

This trestle project is going to be one of only three reuses of this type in the world and has the potential to be an incredible neighborhood asset. Come to the meeting to share your thoughts and ideas for this great project.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Crown Square Progress Report

Lot’s of progress on the Crown Square project in the last week. Buildings are continuing to be gutted, more framing is going up, bricks are going back in place, roof’s are going back on, and drywall is going up.

You can check out even more photos from yesterday on our Flickr Page. The latest photos are located here.

Box from Sobel’s formerly located at N. 14th and Montgomery.

The first framing on the Pedestrian Mall itself.

Finally, a roof.

Ready for paint already.

New Deck on Warren.

Framing on Warren.

New roof and concrete.

Finishing interior demo now that the first floor is in place.

Reopening windows on an alley building along 14th St.
Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Attraction of Historic Neighborhoods

One of the benefits of preserving historic neighborhoods is that generations of former residents and their descendants can return to the old neighborhood for visits to reminisce or re-connect with the places, flavors, and scenes of important family events that don’t quite come alive in black and white pictures. That is especially true in Old North St. Louis where busloads of visitors and tourists line up outside the doors of Crown Candy Kitchen on a daily basis.On Saturday, ONSL welcomed back a number of graduates of the old St. Michael’s Catholic School which once occupied the building that is now home to Greater Leonard Missionary Baptist Church on 11th Street. St. Michaels was a grade school, and for a portion of its history a high school, for St. Michael’s parish. Established in 1849 as an Irish parish, the original church was demolished to make way for Interstate 70 in the 1950s; after the church was torn down, the school building was converted to the parish’s worship space before the parish was closed and consolidated with another parish in 1975. Although gone for more than 30 years now, St. Michael’s School lives on in the memories of its former students who had a chance to walk the halls of their alma mater, thanks to the hospitality of staff from Greater Leonard church, including Ella Owens.

Above: Sister Maura Therese made the trip from Omaha, Nebraska, to meet with St. Michael’s graduates Tony Michalak, Idalla Koch, Bernice Siros, Anne Greco Schwartz, and Floyd Walker, who took advantage of the opportunity to sit in the desks of one of their old classrooms.

Back in the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office, the St. Michael’s grads, who had been children in ONSL during the ’30s and ’40s, viewed exhibits at the Old North St. Louis Community History Museum and crossed paths with other former residents who had grown up in ONSL during the ’60s. The Horne sisters had lived at 1441 St. Louis Avenue and 3206 N. 19th Street and returned to the neighborhood from south city, Fredericktown, MO, and Albuquerque, when they discovered the Community History Museum. All of the visitors exchanged stories of the good old days of businesses and community activities along a vibrant 14th Street and shared the excitement about the redevelopment in progress that will bring life back to 14th Street.

Above: The “Horne Girls”: Mary Dodd, Ellen Malon, and Theresa Jumper.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mullanphy Building Demonstrates It’s Not a Lost Cause

The first part of the actual foundation wall for the Mullanphy Emigrant Home was poured this morning. When completed, masons will be able to start laying the concrete block that that will form the structure of the new walls and close up the openings. Face brick will eventually be placed in front of the block.

Head over to to find out more about the building, the stabilization project, and how you can help out with the community driven rebuilding process. You can also see photos of all the prior work at the Old North Flickr page.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Individual Efforts in Old North

While the Crown Square project certainly is the attention grabber in the neighborhood these days, there are several other rehab projects going on in the neighborhood by individual owners. Once in a while we are going to post some pictures from these other projects. Today we have a couple of photos from the rehab of an LRA house on Hebert right next to the Hebert Community Garden. The entire rear wall is being relaid along with extensive masonry work on the other walls. To learn about other property available in the neighborhood for you to rehab, contact the ONSLRG office or stop in one day.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Drywall in Crown Square

While several building in the Crown Square project have not even started yet, incredible progress has been made on two buildings on Warren. Not even two months into construction and drywall is already being taped.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Mullanphy Foundation Begins to Rise

The footing for the new foundation on the Mullanphy Emigrant Home was poured today. Next up is the foundation wall and the concrete blocks to close up the openings on the north and south ends. Visit our Flickr Page to see more pics from today and see all of the progress that has been made in the last year.

Even with all of the work that has been done we are as much in need of your donations as ever. $63,000 has been raised so far, but that still leaves a large gap between what we need and what we have. If you would like to make a donation to the effort, or just learn more about the Mullanphy Emigrant Home and the incredible effort to save it from total collapse, visit

North Market Place Homes peaking through.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Crown Square Construction Report

Work on Crown Square is moving along, including the first placement of new trusses, and drywall. More framing, brickwork, and interior demolition is also happening.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Old North on

Old North St. Louis is the subject of the most recent St. Louis Traffic video on St. Louis Traffic is a series of videos produced by Carson Minow. Interviews include ONSLRG Executive Director Sean Thomas and neighborhood residents Michael Allen and Johnnie Owens. You can download the video directly here, or check out the rest of the videos here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Crown Village Featured on Fox 2

Tonight’s Fox Files Story on Channel 2 was about the efforts underway to renovate the14th St. Mall. Paul Shankman was the reporter. He included interviews with Stephen Acree of RHCDA, Andy Karandzeif of Crown Candy, and Sean Thomas of ONSLRG. Several different shots of the construction work, as well as renderings and video of the North Market Place Homes was included as well. We also have plenty of new update photos from today.


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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