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.

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