STL Endangered Buildings Thread

What's happening in our built environment.
Living away from the city for school, I get my St. Louis fix exploring neighborhoods via Google Maps. I created this thread to bring attention to some endangered buildings that I consider very important to the future of St. Louis. I'll be updating this thread fairly frequently to bring attention to some of the lesser known fading gems of the city.

The Ludwig Building - 8332 Halls Ferry Rd - Baden
Built in 1929, this building is perhaps the most important in the Baden neighborhood. I've always considered the Broadway strip in Baden as one of the areas with the highest potential in deep North City. While not officially on Broadway this is the tallest building in the area and is adjacent to the strip.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.71338,- ... 312!8i6656
1112 Bayard Ave - Fountain Park

Not sure when this particular structure was built but this building is SO IMPORTANT to the future of the Fountain Park neighborhood. This neighborhood is mainly a quiet residential area and this is one of the only remaining retail storefronts, and the only one facing the beautiful Fountain Park. This would be a great place for a neighborhood cafe with some outdoor seating. If this building is lost it will be likely never be replaced with anything nearly as good.

Hopefully this sees some investment soon as Fountain Park is certainly on the upswing. The Euclid corridor keeps moving North, it would be a shame if this building is gone by the time the CWE arrives in Fountain Park.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6554885 ... 312!8i6656
Good points, both. I particularly like your Fountain Park candidate. I can see where that has a lot of potential.
3305-3307 Meramec St. - Three Stories Mixed Use - Built in 1900

Dutchtown has been falling on hard times as of late, which is why preserving the strip of storefronts on Meramec is so important. Fortunately most of the existing buildings are in decent shape besides this three story brick beauty. Located next to the Urban Eats Cafe, this building is full of potential. Unfortunately many windows are broken, exposing the inside to the elements. Somebody needs to take action soon or this building will deteriorate further and maybe be lost forever.

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.5805863 ... 312!8i6656
Not sure if it's technically endangered, but certainly neglected. My vote goes to old Rock Spring School on Sarpy Avenue, just south of Highway 40 in FPSE/Midtown. Such a beautiful high-profile building perfectly situated between The Grove, Cortex, The Foundry/Armory, not to mention easy access to Highway 40 and 44, MetroLink, and minutes from downtown, midtown, CWE, and the South Side. I can't understand why this building sits dormant amidst such a booming slice of the city.

What gives?

Here's a cool little profile of its history:
https://kenzimmermanjr.com/ittner-and-r ... ng-school/
stlgasm wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:09 pm
Not sure if it's technically endangered, but certainly neglected. My vote goes to old Rock Spring School on Sarpy Avenue, just south of Highway 40 in FPSE/Midtown. Such a beautiful high-profile building perfectly situated between The Grove, Cortex, The Foundry/Armory, not to mention easy access to Highway 40 and 44, MetroLink, and minutes from downtown, midtown, CWE, and the South Side. I can't understand why this building sits dormant amidst such a booming slice of the city.

What gives?

Here's a cool little profile of its history:
https://kenzimmermanjr.com/ittner-and-r ... ng-school/
I love love love that building. It even has signage, should it ever be developed into office space, which given its proximity to Cortex, would probably be my preference.
stlgasm wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:09 pm
What gives?
thought i read somewhere that it's owned by a trucking company. they just use the lot for parking but don't give a f*** about the building.
^This is my understanding as well. They were able to get it cheap a while ago and bought it for the air space above it for their signage. I thought I had heard that they may be open to selling it... but I can't track down the source or date/time where I remember hearing it.
2301 N 11th Street - Old North St. Louis

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6485092 ... 312!8i6656

I find this endangered group of buildings particularly important to the future of ONSL. First of all they adhere to the old school urban form that much of the area is built around, and would be a great president to set for when the area comes back. This president for density will be very important to this neighborhood where land values are low and Metrolink is hopefully coming.
These also front the highway, and their abandoned condition certainly has a negative effect on perception of the city.

On a slightly unrelated note, I would like to see the city implement a "Perception Corridor" tax incentive plan. By focusing tax incentives on the redevelopment of blight in highly visible properties, we could slowly turn perception of some neighborhoods in a positive direction. This would be especially prevalent the sides of highway 70, but could also apply to a couple holdout properties on 44 and 55.

For example, the house at 1722 California Ave is in terrible condition and very visible from the 44. To be fair it is a terrible and loud location which makes a rehab tough to justify, but to many people that single abandoned house is the face of the entire neighborhood. Even if the city bought the house and rehabbed it on its own dime it would still be worth it just for the improved perception of the area.