Archive for April, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mullanphy Update

Work on the south end of the Mullanphy building has progressed to the point where the scaffolding and lift have been removed from the site.

Still on the to-do list: restoring face brick to the new wall and closing in the hole on the north end. Stay tuned for more to come - and feel free to send in your contribution to keep this work going!
Sunday, April 6, 2008

Mark Your Calendar for ONSL House & Community Tour: Sat., May 10

Watch for more details - but for now, be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour on Saturday, May 10. The cost again is one of the lowest in town for a house tour at $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the tour. Advance tickets can be purchased at the ONSLRG office (2800 N. 14th Street) at Crown Candy, or online (follow the link from

Thursday, April 3, 2008

More on Mullanphy Progress

What a difference a year can make!
Above: Mullanphy one year ago, shortly after the storm of March 31, 2007.
Above: Mullanphy earlier this morning.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

2 Years Later: Cause for Celebration at Mullanphy!

Two years ago today, a powerful spring storm pummeled the south end of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home building at 1609 N. 14th Street, bringing down much of the south wall. Almost a year later, on March 31, 2007, another storm with devastating wind gusts blew right through the large opening and produced further damage to the building’s east wall and blasted a massive hole through the north wall.

After two successive years of getting sucker-punched, we almost are at the point where we can breathe a sigh of relief. Over the past couple days, crews from John Smith Masonry have been back on the scene at Mullanphy, re-building the wall. This new wall is nearly complete (with face brick to follow later, including some of the historic bricks salvaged from the rubble), resting on the new foundation that was made possible by the generous financial support from more than 200 individuals and groups and a loan of $25,000 from Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s general revenue.

Thank you to all who have made this anniversary one to celebrate! We can still use additional funds to finish the job of completely stabilizing the building so that it can experience a full redevelopment and re-use as an anchor at the south end of Old North St. Louis. Send your anniversary gifts to Mullanphy Emigrant Home LLC, care of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, 2800 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63107. To make a contribution online, just click on the “Make a Donation” button along the top right side of this page or visit

The price of progress: Soon we’ll have to look out a smaller window to enjoy the view of the Arch and the Downtown skyline.


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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