Archive for the ‘ONSL amenities; Green spaces’ Category

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THIS EVENING (Wed., July 16): Opening Reception for Sylvester Jacobs Photography Exhibit at ONSLRG Gallery

Please join us this evening (Wednesday, July 16) for the opening of our latest exhibit at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery (adjacent to the ONSLRG office), 2700 N. 14th Street.  The exhibit entitled ”We Are of the Same Essence” features the photography of Sylvester Jacobs.  Sylvester has been capturing images of the people of the community and various neighborhood events that reflect the character and spirit of Old North for many years now.  This new exhibit will include just a sample of Sylvester’s collection.

The opening of the exhibit coincides with the latest installment of the “So Reel” film & discussion series, a collaboration between Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and YWCA of Greater St. Louis.  This month’s topic is “Healing Racism Through the Arts.” That program will start with a brief video at 6 p.m., which will be followed by a discussion.

A reception from 7:30-9 p.m. will follow the program.  The program is free and open to the public. All are welcome, including residents of Old North and friends of the community, and anyone interested in the topic and / or just curious about the exhibit.  Sylvester Jacobs will be present to share his thoughts about the exhibit and looks forward to the chance to engage in conversation about his work and the vibrant and diverse community reflected in his exhibit.

The program is generously supported by Regional Arts CommissionArts & Education Council, and Missouri Humanities Council.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Join us THIS SATURDAY for a Charrette on Public Space Planning for 14th Street (Updated!!!)

Crown Village Associates, LLC
(a partnership of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance)


WHEN: Saturday, January 19th, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE:North Market Place community space at 14th and North Market
1400 North Market St
St. Louis, MO 63106

Confluence Academy Annex Cafeteria
3017 North 13th Street

St. Louis
, MO 63107

Our neighborhood is witnessing the culmination of years of effort to find a way to redevelop the former 14th Street pedestrian mall. In 2007 Crown Village Associates, the partnership of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) and Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA), broke ground on the $35 million historic rehabilitation of the largely vacant and abandoned 14th Street mall and a number of buildings on the surrounding blocks into Crown Square, a comprehensive mixed-use/mixed-income development that will stabilize and invigorate the central part of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood.

27 buildings are being completely rehabilitated as a part of this housing and economic development initiative. 33,500 square feet of new high-quality street-level commercial/retail/restaurant spaces will be created, constituting the neighborhood’s first significant new economic development in decades—and a boost to the local economy and tax base. 80 units of rental apartments, townhouses, lofts and live/work spaces—reasonably divided between affordable and market-rate units will be completed as a part of this redevelopment effort.

With construction now underway, we are asking the community for input regarding the public spaces associated with this redevelopment. What street, sidewalk, parking, lighting, landscape and other public space features will make this development more valuable to the neighborhood and to the city as a whole? In a broad sense, what are the priorities to make this the most dynamic space possible? We anticipate discussion to center around three main focus areas:
1. Physical Space
2. Events and Programming
3. Neighborhood Connections
The Charrette will be a collaborative session in which neighborhood stakeholders, designers, planners, and other professionals draft solutions to a design problem while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people. After a short introduction, attendees will divide into sub-groups to discuss ideas, and then present their work to the full group as material for future dialogue.

What We Hope To Accomplish:
The renovation of the former 14th Street mall into Crown Square is the largest development in Old North St. Louis to date, and will certainly generate further interest and development in the neighborhood. With the public spaces of Crown Square, we hope to lay fertile ground on which future developments, events, and activities can contribute to the creation of a dynamic urban village.

Morning refreshments and lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to Karen Heet at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Office
314-241-5031 or via email to

Monday, May 7, 2007

Gardens and Green Spaces of ONSL

Day 36 of “45 Days in Old North”Above: the Hebert Community Garden will be one of the sites on the Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour this coming Saturday.

The comprehensive neighborhood revitalization being carried out by the community in Old North St. Louis involves much more than building and rehabbing homes. Among the neighborhood’s assets are ONSL’s many public and private green spaces. Some of these have been around from the earliest days of the community’s existence, as is the case with Jackson Park, the second-oldest public park in the City of St. Louis. Others are more recent creations, where residents have established community gardens on the sites of vacant lots left behind when buildings have been lost. The following photos illustrate ONSL’s physical beauty as cultivated and maintained by neighborhood residents.

Above: this side garden in the 1200 block of North Market will also be on the tour.
Above: the triangular Wingmann Park, between Blair, Wright & Dodier, is named after the late Jeanne Wingmann, a beloved long-time teacher and volunteer at Ames School.Above: the Ames School Butterfly Garden is the result of collaborative efforts between Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and Ames Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School.
Above: many of the community gardens and public green spaces have benefited from outside volunteers who work with community residents (as the SLU Alpha Phi Omega students did on April 28), with tools and resources from Operation Brightside, and ongoing support from groups such as Gateway Greening.


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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