Sunday, May 15, 2011
The wet and chilly weather may have kept some people away, but the Old North Home Grown Festival & House Tour still was a great success in many other ways that can’t be measured by attendance figures alone.
Some of the community’s strong supporters who haven’t been back to the neighborhood in a while enjoyed the opportunity to see all of the changes, including some that have taken place just within the past couple weeks, including a bright, new look for the Old North Grocery Co-op.
Although we don't normally recommend painting on brick, the building that houses the Old North Grocery Co-op was classified as "non-contributing" at the time the neighborhood was approved as a National Register Historic District, in part because of the newer, non-historic brick on the exterior of the later addition as well as the historic portions of the former horseradish factory.
The event was successful in serving as a platform for establishing new connections, including with one individual who was so impressed that he made plans to hold a wedding reception at Crown Square, and in demonstrating the vibrancy of the community. A few prospective commercial tenants came out to get a feel for the area and to look at look at commercial spaces that are available for lease.
The Home Grown Festival represented an opportunity to shine the spotlight on artistic talent within and nearby Old North.
Juan William Chavez had an exhibit that shared the story of Team Cookbook, inspired by the Old North Cookbook.
The space at 2607 N. 14th was the site of an installation created by Chinyere E. Oteh, Dail Chambers, and Simiya Sudduth representing the Ye Yo Arts Collective.
Visitors got a chance to try out new neighborhood businesses, such as La Mancha Coffeehouse.
The gallery at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s office hosted a range of spoken word performances and the re-dedication of Wingmann Park (more about that in a later post), while the Parks Building was the site for a variety of craft vendors.
As always, the house tour showed off the beauty and unique character of homes in Old North…
… on the inside:
Although redevelopment of this cottage house on Palm isn't visible yet, the property still drew a lot of interest. The owners posted a display of architectural plans for the rehab, along with interesting bits about the building's history and its former occupants.
As the photo of the cottage on Palm demonstrates, Old North’s house tour is unlike many other house tours in other neighborhoods. We don’t limit our tour to the homes that are in pristine condition or likely to show up on the cover of glossy home magazines. Old North’s tour shows off the diversity of the community, including the range of housing styles and conditions. There are many homes that have been beautifully restored to reflect their original, Victorian design. There also are many homes that are at early stages of rehab work, and many that put more contemporary interiors into the shells of their historic homes.
The rain forced many of the street festival activities indoors, including the performances that had been scheduled for the main stage at Crown Square.
Students from Grand Center Arts Academy's Front & Center Show Choir were among the performers.
Young performers from Club CHIPS shared songs with positive messages about healthy living.
David Foote invited audience members to participate in a Zumba dance demonstration.
Meanwhile, out on the street, many of our sponsors and other neighborhood service providers braved the weather to staff information tables.
Kohner Properties staff shared information about apartments available in the neighborhood, including at Crown Square Apartments.
Grace Hill representatives distributed information about the upcoming Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing event scheduled for next weekend.
Trailnet representatives and friends gathered at the corner plaza while waiting for start of the environmental justice bike ride.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture, one of our sponsors, was on hand to recruit more gardens for their 10,000 Garden Challenge.
The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group thanks all sponsors, volunteers, homeowners, and visitors for making the day such a wonderful experience!
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