3842 Olive - Grand Center

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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by STLrainbow » Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:28 pm

dunno and there aren't any permits online. I just tweeted about it so hopefully something comes up, it would be terrible to lose that.... it was the Wolfner Memorial Libary for the Blind for many years, btw, and on the Landmarks 2014 Most Endangered List.

Also, was just informed this and the entire block is owned by Pulitizer Foundation.

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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by framer » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:46 am

If Pulitzer owns this building, then perhaps their engineer found structural problems, similar to what happened to the Bruno David Gallery building (also owned by the Pulitzer). Hopefully the fencing is just to keep people out while they prepare a stabilization plan.

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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by framer » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:15 pm

OK, i heard from a reliable source that the fencing is to protect the building from vandals. The current owners have a plan to rehab the building, but nothing public yet.

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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by debaliviere » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:12 am

framer wrote:OK, i heard from a reliable source that the fencing is to protect the building from vandals. The current owners have a plan to rehab the building, but nothing public yet.


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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by symphonicpoet » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:28 pm

I'd written that place off as a goner years ago. Glad to hear things might go the right way.

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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by sublunar » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:04 pm

This building was originally the Bell Telephone Company and Wolfner Memorial Library for the Blind, not a theater. https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/05000631.pdf

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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by symphonicpoet » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:50 pm

I believe STLRainbow said as much. Took me a while to even figure out who said it was a theatre. (It clearly wasn't one, just from the architecture.) But given the facade and the neighborhood it's perhaps an understandable mistake. And since it was a library and a school (for telephone and telegraph operators) I wouldn't be surprised if there's a small lecture hall in there somewhere. Anyway . . . here's to hoping someone does something with it soon.

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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by framer » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:12 pm

I referred to it as a theater in the first post of this thread; I stand corrected. I do hear, however, that there's a very nice theater/auditorium inside.

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Re: 3842 Olive - Grand Center

Unread post by framer » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:20 pm

BTW, someone has installed a series of temporary sculptures on the vacant lots along this block. If The Pulitzer does indeed own the whole block, perhaps they're behind it?


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