Archive for May, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

Holiday Sampler of Recent Developments in ONSL

Construction Progress at Crown Square

A couple of sights and scenes from the House Tour…
New River Bridge Plans
The recently released revisions to plans for the new Mississippi River Bridge that will cross the river and pass through the southeast corner of ONSL can be seen at the following website:
Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Missouri Preservation Selects Mullanphy for State’s 2008 Most Endangered List

Missouri Preservation today announced their 2008 list of Most Endangered Historic Places in the State of Missouri. For the second year in a row, the Mullanphy Emigrant Home is on their list and will benefit from the attention and support generated by inclusion on this highly competitive list. More information on why Missouri Preservation selected the Mullanphy building and to learn more about the other sites on this year’s list, visit Missouri Preservation’s website at
Above: Missouri Preservation Board President Jeff Brambilla announcing the inclusion of the Mullanphy building on their 2008 List of Most Endangered Historic Places in the State of Missouri.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Scenes from the Old North House & Community Tour

Saturday was a beautiful day in Old North St. Louis, and visitors from far and wide came out to the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour to walk, bike, or ride the trolley around to the 12 sites that were on display. The tour highlighted the community-wide revitalization in progress, with stops that demonstrated the diverse nature of the neighborhood, from an award-winning restoration of an 1879 Italianate townhouse to another 1870s property in the midst of a rehab for use as an affordable apartment. The other stops along the way presented almost everything in between, including a commercial space, the Urban Studio, and other new and historic homes.

Watch for more photos from the tour tomorrow.
Friday, May 9, 2008

House Tour Forecast: NO RAIN!

Did we mention that the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour is taking place tomorrow (Saturday)? Just in case you’ve gotten sick and tired of getting soaked every time you step out your front door, rest assured that you won’t have to worry about that when you come to the house tour. According to the Weather Channel’s website - at - the hours of the tour will be rain-free.Now that you have no excuse, plan to join us for a pleasant walk through some beautiful homes and enjoy the view along the streets of one of the most exciting up-and-coming neighborhoods in St. Louis. And if the weather isn’t a good enough reason to come out, you may want to see the insides of one of the historic structures in the midst of a gut rehab through the Crown Square redevelopment. The photo below shows one of the properties on the block just to the north of the former 14th Street Mall in the early stage of its rehab, back in November and the next picture below that shows the building, earlier this afternoon…
This building will be one of 12 stops along the tour tomorrow.

All you need to do now is purchase your tickets via the link to PayPal from

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Celebrating ONSL’s Bike Connections

Bike St. Louis, Great Rivers Greenway, and the City of St. Louis held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Old North St. Louis this afternoon to celebrate the opening of 57 miles of additional on-street Bike St. Louis routes throughout the city and a couple of neighboring municipalities.
Above: Fifth Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin was one of the distinguished guests sharing comments with the crowd of neighborhood residents, friends and bike enthusiasts who gathered at Blair & St. Louis Avenue for the celebration.
Above: Mayor Francis Slay joined Alderwoman Ford Griffin and other dignitaries for the official ribbon-cutting. Below: Both the Mayor and Alderwoman took time to pose for photos with some of Grace Hill’s Americorps Trail Rangers.

For more information and a downloadable map of the entire 77 miles of dedicated bike lanes and shared traffic lanes in the Bike St. Louis system, visit the Bike St. Louis website.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008

ONSL House Tour - just 3 days away!

A few more preview photos of what you’ll be able to see in person on Saturday at the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour…

Below: The back view of a home on the 1400 block of Hebert and the alley house, which is still in the midst of a cool rehab.

Below: This building on North 19th Street was purchased last year from the City’s Land Reutilization Authority and is still undergoing a complete rehab in preparation for use as two rental apartments. The building has benefited from a major investment in significant amount of masonry work on the south wall. The current owner also was able to acquire the building at the rear of the property, as shown in the bottom photo, which will be her personal residence.

So… don’t forget to buy your tickets early to get the advance ticket price of $10. Visit for details.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

ONSL House Tour - just 4 days away!

It’s getting down to the wire, but it’s not too late to get your tickets for the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour for the affordable advance ticket price of just $10. All you need to do is stop by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office (2800 N. 14th Street) or Crown Candy Kitchen between now and Friday to buy your tickets in person - or you can make your purchase online via PayPal through the link on the Old North St. Louis website.

Now, for a sneak preview of what you’ll get to see this year…

Tour attendees will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the inside of the first commercial space that will be finished at the Crown Square redevelopment. The former Parks Drug Store building at 2718 N. 14th Street is still a work in progress but will be open on Saturday…

Back by popular demand, this Landmarks Association “Most Enhanced Award” winning house on North Market will be on the tour again this year.This home on Hebert was on the tour a couple years ago, but the owners have made significant progress with its rehab and are happy to show off their mix of new and old features. Check back tomorrow for more images of what you can see on Saturday. And in the meantime, go ahead and celebrate all of the “moms” in your life by buying them tickets to the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Friday, May 2, 2008

House Tour & Other Upcoming Events

It’s that time of year again when we have more going on than we can keep up with. The biggest event of the year is the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour, coming up on Saturday, May 10, but a couple events provide nice bookends to that, with an emphasis on where the neighborhood has come from and where it is going.

For more information about the ONSL House & Community Tour or to purchase your tickets (for the unbeatable advance ticket price of only $10), visit the ONSLRG website: A couple days before the house tour, we’ll celebrate the new Bike St. Louis bike lanes that now connect ONSL with various other parts of the region, from Downtown St. Louis to Riverfront Trail and from Clayton to University City. We are proud to be the City of St. Louis site for the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 8.A few days after the ONSL House & Community Tour, on Wednesday, May 14 will be a celebration at the Missouri Historical Society for the History Happened Here website’s new and expanded pages dedicated to Old North St. Louis. Watch for more details coming soon.


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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