Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and musicians who participated in some capacity at yesterday’s Old North House & Community Tour, and special thanks to the the business-owners, homeowners and tenants who opened their homes or businesses to let hundreds of visitors wander through over the course of the day.
By all measures, the day was a great success.
The day started with the formal kick-off of the Sustainable Land Lab projects (re-scheduled from the rained out date in April), including a presentation to the 3 runner up projects and the 5 teams that were selected to implement their proposals on 4 lots in the Crown Square area.
After the start of the tour, the celebration continued at the corner of N. 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue, where representatives from Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and RHCDA (co-owners / co-developers of the corner lot, which is part of the overall Crown Square redevelopment of the former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall) thanked Rebuilding Together St. Louis for coordinating the improvements to the corner plaza space, including the addition of tables with umbrellas, construction of the fence along the south and west sides of the space, new plantings, and the addition of a stage for public performances. Also acknowledged were the many volunteers, including many from Scottrade and Equifax, financial support from Equifax and Regional Business Council, and contributed professional services from Sherwoods Forest, Kimberlin Construction, and IBEW-Local 1.
Dave Ervin, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together St. Louis, and RTSL’s Outreach Coordinator, Kuleya Bruce, acknowledged our appreciation and thanked all who helped them with the project before introducing local musician, Chris Ware for the first official performance on the stage.
Environmentally friendly shuttle service was provided by St. Louis 3 Wheel Taxi.
Volunteers, including Nolan (below), provided a variety of valuable services, including merchandise sales.
And the tour provided an opportunity to show off the diverse range of housing styles in Old North, from apartments to a loft-style conversion of a former warehouse (below).
And a number of number of historic houses…
The soon-to-come Chess Pocket Parkat 2713 N. 14th Street offered the opportunity to try out some chess moves throughout the day.
Another tour tradition is free ice cream, thanks to the generous donation from Crown Candy Kitchen.
Norah Ryan returned for the critical role of scooper and dispenser of ice cream.
The kickoff activities at the 5 Land Lab projects included:
The Sunflower+ project at 1318 Warren
The Mighty Mississippians at 1300-06 Montgomery
The Bistro Box at 1301-03 Montgomery
RR Farm, also at 1301-03 Montgomery
and Chess Pocket Park at 2713 N. 14th Street
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