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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Scenes from the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour

Although the new street along N. 14th Street didn’t quite arrive in time for this year’s tour, the weather was sunny and crisp on Saturday for all of the visitors who came out to see all of the changes that have taken place in Old North over the past year.

House Tour chairperson Kathleen Parvis spent much of the day selling tickets and handing out tour booklets in front of the ONSLRG office; music from the Webster Jazz Ensemble kept visitors, staff, and volunteers entertained.

House Tour chairperson Kathleen Parvis spent much of the day selling tickets and handing out tour booklets in front of the ONSLRG office; music from the Webster Jazz Ensemble kept visitors, staff, and volunteers entertained.

 The tour featured the great variety of homes in Old North, from works in progress to meticulously restored Victorian townhouses, from 3-story, single-family houses to 1-bedroom apartments.

The 13th Street Community Garden was on the tour last year, but this year marked the debut of the new chicken coop and its new residents:

Thom Fletcher discussed the variety of chickens to the Fosdick family.

Thom Fletcher discussed the variety of chickens to the Fosdick family.

 

Inside the future Old North Grocery Co-op, Stefene Russell & practicum student Meghan Baer explained how the store will function.

Inside the future Old North Grocery Co-op, Stefene Russell & practicum student Meghan Baer explained how the store will function.

Teresa Johnson & Ben Sever handled the duties of dispensing the complimentary ice cream to all tour-goers.  Thank you to Crown Candy Kitchen for contributing the ice cream!

Teresa Johnson & Ben Sever handled the duties of dispensing the complimentary ice cream to all tour-goers. Thank you to Crown Candy Kitchen for contributing the ice cream!

 

On their way to picking up their ice cream, visitors had a chance to browse before & after shots of the 27 buildings at Crown Square in ONSLRG's new gallery.

On their way to picking up their ice cream, visitors had a chance to enjoy ONSLRG's new gallery by taking a look at before & after photos of the 27 buildings at Crown Square.

Artwork from Nick Riggio and Christopher Ruess filled the commercial space at 2612 N. 14th Street.

Artwork from Nick Riggio and Christopher Ruess filled the commercial space at 2612 N. 14th Street.

Shuttle service was provided by Kohner Properties, managers of Jackson Park Senior Apartments, and Call-A-Cart.

Shuttle service was provided by Kohner Properties, managers of Jackson Park Senior Apartments, and Call-A-Cart.

Above: ONSLRG Board President Tino Ochoa and 5th Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin, who stopped by to show her support.

Above: ONSLRG Board President Tino Ochoa and 5th Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin, who stopped by to show her support.

Inside the kitchen, members of Team Bank of America helped Tino & Zoila prepare the lunches for volunteers; outside, volunteers from Fuel for the City helped direct traffic in the new parking lot.

Inside the kitchen, members of Team Bank of America helped Tino & Zoila prepare the lunches for volunteers; outside, volunteers from Fuel for the City helped direct traffic in the new parking lot.

And thank you to all other sponsors, those who gave of your time, opened your homes, or came to visit us!

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"Scenes from the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour"

Nick says: May 11th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who was staffing the tour area. I’ve never lived in the city before but am considering it when I graduate college, and several volunteers took a great deal of time to talk to me about the numerous questions I had about the neighborhood. It left a very good impression about the people and prospects for the region. I hope I get a downtown job when I graduate specifically so I have reason to locate to ONSL.

Pat says: June 17th, 2011 at 11:08 am

From time to time, I visit ONSL on line. I grew up there. My grandparents came over from Poland in 1910 and bought a two story flat. From them came 9 children. One of was my mother. My brother and I went to St. Liborius that was located on Hogan and N. Market streets. My dad was friends with George from Crown’s. Went to school with him. My best memories from childhood were growing up in North St. Louis. I could go on forever with memories. I am so very blessed to have grown up in a real for real, honest to goodness, Neighborhood. Esp. Old North St. Louis.

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