To post your recommendation, please sign in or join your neighborhood on Nextdoor. When the St. Louis school district decided to sell a host of abandoned school buildings a few years ago, it had no idea that it would inspire an entire group of . Vandals have done lots of damage to this one. Man, this neighborhood is fine right around here and would boom if this became dignified housing. 15/16 are north of Delmar, 13/15 north of MLK Drive. Sidewalks and Pedestrian Infrastructure - Worth the Investment? I look at it as a bold design for a time when St. Louis was still confident and stable and growing. 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More than two dozen vacant St. Louis Public School buildings are ready for redevelopment and reuse in neighborhoods across the City. A plan came about in 2017 to destroy the building for senior housing (if you use the current site plans as any indicator, this wouldve been straight outta the suburbs). One of the topics being discussed surrounding the student transfer debate was the idea torequire any public school district in which a public charter school can be operated, to sell their vacant buildings at market value to public charter schools if they so request. According to St. Louis Public Schools, a closing date for the buildings under contract is planned for the end of summer. During the winter months that followed, SLPS held a series of community forums to discuss possible repurposing scenarios for each property. It is eligible for Historic Tax Credits and located right off I-70, a great place to live and a pretty stable section of the neighborhood. This one was right at the top of both my and Shannons list simply because it is so beautiful and the acreage for sale with the property is right along Grand and could serve as a highly interesting mixed use new construction with historic renovation to bring development to a rapidly declining part of an otherwise high-density part of the city. Unfortunately there is no budget for stabilizing closed schools., Tagged: St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Schools, Arch City Redemption Blinders Off Podcast Built St. Louis City Scene STLExploring St. LouisNextSTLSt. 2023. Vacant Lots, City Garden's Latest Restaurant Tenant Hits The Nail On The Head, Placke Chevrolet and Other By-Gone Auto Dealers, Colombia School For The Gifted in the Jeff Vanderlou Neighborhood, Charleville Brewing Company Opens First St. Louis Location, Infrastructure Updates - Wells Drive In Forest Park. Thank you! Of the 20 abandoned buildings surveyed, 15 were owned by an individual or LLC outside of the City of St. Louis, with six of the owners outside the metropolitan region. This 1931 beauty complete with terrzzo floors is ripe for some love. Eliot is one of three 19th Century schools for sale, Euclid and Simmons are the others. $56,000 4760 Heidelberg Ave St. Louis MO, 63123 View Listing. L'Ouverture houses the Academy of Entrepreneurship Studies Middle (AESM) and Wyman houses the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience. $29,995. We are blessed to have such beauties from the brick era. There is much to read on this one and likely warrants a separate post to really dig into the history. The new-ish schools are not nearly as inspiring, but the William B. Ittner, Rockwell M. Milligan and George Sanger schools (among others) are undeniable classics. We walked through the neighborhoods and knocked on doors to talk with residents about their thoughts and what they would like to see happen to these vacant school buildings. After a few clicks and an hour of reading, I got sucked into the remaining surplus schools that are available for sale by SLPS. Two great examples of saving both St. Louis's history and buildings of high-quality architecture are the Wainwright Building and Union Station (pictured above). The school has an amazing history and is a 1902 Ittner classic. "We've brought in developers from out of town, from in town, shopped them any way we can," said Peter Newton, a Hilliker broker. Ashland School is one of two post WWII schools on the list. 1898), #12 Simmons School - The Ville Neighborhood. Things look rough these days, time is of the essence: Most leaders and people in the neighborhood want it demo'd. The diamond brickwork patterns are stunning. Yeatman was highly successful and philanthropic. The school was home to much racial strife as integration took place. You need a program that can open Adobe PDF files. The asking price of >$2.3M is the highest asking price on the list, no other school is over $1M, the second highest being Webster School at $657,745. Most of these buildings are structurally sound, but in need of varying degrees of investment. The small home that were there were small, working-class homes. Im embarrassed to say, I cant immediately come up with who designed this one, so itll take some looking up. The average is $473,203 and the median is $348,948. 1957). Shrewsbury Homes for Sale $254,131. 314-561-8646 In fact, the post on Distilled History by Cameron Collins in August, 2012 might be one of the best Ive seen. The building is more beautiful than countless American cities can even fathom. The response: SLPS is obligated to devote its resources to educating children in its open schools. Mid-Century never really had a chance to take off here in North City like it did in the Central West End and the suburbs. This guy is not one of my favorite Americans, he was a key figure in the Missouri Compromise and an advocate for the extermination of Native Americans. Due to its age, this one is not a Milligan or Ittner building, rather August Kirchner designed this one. LRA has the authority to manage, maintain, market and sell agency-owned vacant and abandoned buildings and property through the Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 92, Section 92.875. . Also under contract is the old Central High School the dilapidated building at 3616 North Garrison Avenue that has become the target of vandals and looters over the years but now may become a multifamily development. The school was designed by W.B. 1310 Papin St. Suite 106 St. Louis, MO 63103 | 20-8002436 Ft. Scroll to read more Arts Stories & Interviews articles Trespassers, lighting strikes, fires, lack of investment and action in Hamilton Heights, this one is on the ropes. . Hide Contact Share Map Sale Pending 1/1 9742 Croftwood Dr Saint Louis, MO 63123 $275,000 Single Family One of the things Ive come to love over the years exploring St. Louis are the schools. These 13 Abandoned Places In St. Louis Are Absolutely Haunting One of the hardest challenges any city faces is what to do when properties are abandoned. There are not that many other options that a former school building can be turned into, after all. comments Reusing structures already in place can help eliminate budgetary constraints in the way of offering a better education to our neighborhoods. -Tiffany and Michael Dees. I cant believe we ended up ranking this 5th. 1930). I dont look at this building and think classic St. Louis. If you or your organization is interested in touring a school, send me a message on Nextdoor or email By bringing together community stakeholders, SLPS hopes to find creative solutions for these properties that will benefit the District and the St. Louis community as a whole. 4acre lot Year Built 1928 Google Map Property Listing Realtor: Tony Conant Brokered by: KEY REALTY REALTOR COMMENTS LOOKING FOR UNIQUE? It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Katherine Academy*. We also reopened L'Ouverture and Wyman beginning with the 2015-2016 school year. Both of my parents went to this school, said Dennis West,11, a fifth grader at Baden Elementary which is one of the seventeen schools the city Public Schools board voted Thursday night to close. schools. Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 6:41 am, St. Louis Restaurant Openings and Closings: February 2023, Vin de Set, PW Pizza and 21st Street Brewers Bar Have Closed Permanently. The price tag of a mere $104,000 makes this a steal. VISITING A BUILDING: Visitors to our surplus buildings must sign a waiver before entering any of our properties. Listed by Lakita Thomas (314) 422-3017. Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox. In the last eight years, 43 city school buildings have been vacated, leaving about 68 occupied. Lewis. So I decided to photograph each school on the for sale list and make my own favorites list ranking them on architecture, importance and biggest wins for the city as a whole, including the price tag for the SLPS. This property featuresa large, historic building with approximately half of the acreage undeveloped -- an incredible opportunity for a mixed-use redevelopment along Grand Avenue. Special Purpose 16,550 SF 2484 Old Toll Rd Jackson, MO 63755 We saw how many of the buildings had fallen into disrepair with broken windows and tall grass, weeds, and trash in the school yard. The Missouri State Penitentiary was open from 1836-2004, but there are many people who believe that the prison is haunted by former prisoners who cant move on. If a haunted prison is just a little too much, you can always go ghost hunting on Zombie Road, one of the most haunted streets in Missouri. 6:30 PM Sponsor: Of the 16 schools for sale, only four are newer. Lets do this. It is gorgeous. Use your noggin and do not attempt to enter explore them vicariously through these photos instead! These schools were built to be spacious and wide-open learning spaces. Notice the praying going on before lunch, and the glass milk bottles in the first one (circa 1944). Some even offered up ideas for possible new uses for the buildings such as schools, homeless shelters, churches, and more. Per the Distilled History blog, there are 48 Ittner school buildings in St. Louis, and a couple in the suburbs. Its not looking good. So many schools have closed over the years as the population plummeted. Pine Lawn Homes for Sale $45,292. Ourresearchthat we gathered that day, was then shared withlegislators to show how valuable using vacant buildings could be for the city. ft. 3904 Russell Blvd, St Louis, MO 63110 $649,000 MLS# 23005896 Absolutely Gorgeous Building in the Shaw neighborhood! The Mark C. Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park. There is a bunch of well researched info available in the US Department of the Interior National Park Service registration forms to get buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The contracted sales amount was not disclosed. So to give him some props, heres a bit on his life: Either way, this one needs immediate love and is already being poached of its exterior structures including the entryway rails. To speed up the process, you may fill out the form ahead of time. Milligan. 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SLU: Will it be a good next 15 years or not? The sad story of public education in St. Louis. Trespassing is a crime and the deteriorated state of these buildings makes them unstable and dangerous. A free option: Why? Single Family. We placed it at #9 because I fear we wont see this one for long. Are there any haunted hotels in St. Louis? No doubt the most significant on the list, in our humble opinions. Saint Louis Homes for Sale $158,067. Keep the feedback coming! On Friday, February 13, 2015, the CEAM team ventured out into the city to explore the vacant school buildings currently for sale by the St. Louis Public School District. Anyone, there's bigger fish to fry in this fixer upper. #8 Gundlach School - Wells Goodfellow Neighborhood. Again, you may notice from the list above, there is only one South City school remaining: Cleveland High. Each closed school was also visited by members of a technical advisory committee (TAC) put together by SLPS. Photo Source: Missouri Historical Society (ca. President of the Board of Aldermen Lewis Reed. Too bad. What are the most haunted places in St. Louis? So I hit the road on a cloudy, muggy day with Shannon riding shotgun. Photo Source - Missouri Historical Society (ca. Additions in 1930 and 1965 have been less sympathetic but have had little effect on loner's original designs.. Bade is among the 14 by this fall - saving $16 million each year to soothe its troubled budget. 1928). I described above why this is at the top of the list, its the surroundings. The next two decades would be brutal. St. Louis Public Schools get offers for vacant buildings for sale, April 13, 2011 - A "For Sale" sign hangs on the fence of Mark Twain School Wednesday on Ruskin Avenue in St. Louis. #3 Cleveland High School - the Dutchtown Neighborhood, Photo Source - Missouri Historical Society (ca. We're being aggressive as we can in selling them.". Near and (Sort of) Afar - by: Monica Groth-Farrar, Dolman Street Returning to Residential Vs. On Tuesday, the school district closed on the Garfield School at 3200 Texas Avenue, selling it to Peter and Paul Community Services, according to the nonprofit organization, which has plans to turn the former elementary school in Benton Park West into apartments for the chronically homeless. It is gorgeous and has some similar Romanesque features to Adams School in Forest Park Southeast (circa 1899). It was named after Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), author of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Next Post: ATTENTION Transfer Families! We love this city so much. About 30 minutes outside of St. Louis youll find the Lost Valley loop trail, a 7-mile loop trail in St. Charles that will take you along an abandoned road, a tunnel, and the remains of an abandoned town. Cleanup of hazardous Superfund sites can add years to the renovation process. Most of the For Sale signs are knocked over or vandalized or missing altogether. The section of the Ville around Sumner is such a great scene. #2 Euclid School - Fountain Park Neighborhood. Yeah, were blessed, but we need to invest. The topic of public charter schools using vacant buildings prompted CEAM to do some research. 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Just last year, three knuckle heads hooded a chain to their truck and tore out a section of windows from the second floor (source). It is eligible for Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Historic credits. These are two important saves from an art deco and African-American St. Louis standpoint. There is a home on the Fountain Park oval that is seeing a renovation complete with a new garage, signs of hope. Copyright 2002-2023 Blackboard, Inc. All rights reserved. Publication Date: 02/14/2023 J.B. Forbes, MARCH 13 2009- "I am sad. There is a modern addition that affords more square footage for additional usage. There are two places in North City that stand out to me as nearly perfect from an urban design and architecture standpoint. Turner Middle School is another art deco building, constructed by the Public Works Administration in 1938-1940. St. Louis, MO 63118 View OM 1/11 $175,000 3540 Marcus Avenue Special Purpose 3540 Marcus Ave St. Louis, MO 63115 View OM 1/82 $679,000 305 W Columbia Special Purpose 19,729 SF 305 W Columbia Farmington, MO 63640 View Flyer See New Listings First! There are people talking about this one, which gives it a glimmer of hope. #16 Stowe School - Wells Goodfellow Neighborhood. Time stops for old St. Louis school buildings Thirty-one closed school buildings remain vacant throughout St. Louis, many of them a century old and closed within the last 10 years. Stay up to date on life and culture in St. Louis. 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Clark School is currently undergoing a renovation in the Academy Neighborhood. St. Louis Development Corporation Will Pause . If this fails, here's the link. While this school is not overly ornate or unique, it is a still a brick beauty, and at $155,045, a steal. As students have left for the suburbs and more recently to charter schools the district's student population has fallen from its peak of 115,543 in 1967 to about 24,000 this year. There are two flanking mid-Century out buildings that would be great multi-use spaces for living. Trespassers have not destroyed it or over defaced it as of yet. What bargains we have here in St. Louis. Marshall, named after Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Marshall (1755-1835), is another Ittner classic, also for sale is the 1953 overflow building. It is described as Classical Revival. Think sticks not bricks in Three Little Piggies parlance. It was once called Colored School Number 5 (source). Document Type: Informational Pages Most of these buildings are structurally sound, but in need of varying degrees of investment. I have to say, this one should sell due to location and proximity to I-70. Not an Ittner/Milligan, rather a George Sanger per Built St. Louis. That spring and summer, SLPS held open houses for the public to tourthe closed schools. Named for statesman and orator Daniel Webster (1782-1852), this 1908 school, highly visible from I-70 just north of Downtown has what appears to be a mid-Century addition to the front, covering up the original entryway. The city is celebrating the moment . 402 N 3rd St, Louisiana, MO 63353 VIKI CADWALLADER REAL ESTATE, $95,000 3 bds 1 ba 2,520 sqft - House for sale 1117 Henry St, Saint Joseph, MO 64501 KELLER WILLIAMS KC NORTH $99,000 6 bds 5 ba 3,173 sqft - House for sale 2906 Campbell St, Kansas City, MO 64109 NEXTHOME GADWOOD GROUP $465,000 5 bds 4 ba 3,735 sqft - House for sale 3D Tour "If you're not using them, it sure would behoove you all financially to allow another public school to use those," Cunningham said, during a legislative hearing on the status of St. Louis Public Schools. Abandoned and Derelict Properties Part 2 - What Can the Average Citizen Do? I see an open air bingo parlor, more sane people may see social space, grilling stations, storage or party rooms. 1931), #13 Marshall School - the Ville Neighborhood. 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The schools were on my mind when I recently did a scooter ride through every street in Hamilton Heights to update the neighborhood post I published ten years ago. Other properties sold since the launch: Clark (market-rate apartments), Gratiot (market-rate apartments), Sherman (market-rate apartments), Ford Branch (Meals on Wheels hub), Cook (office space), Lafayette (market-rate apartments) and Windsor (business reuse). In my time living here, many of these beautiful schools have been saved, renovated and upgraded for new uses. But her ascent to the Ivy League illustrates what is possible. The oldest school on the list, built in 1893, only one of three from the 19th Century. I live directly across from Banneker and would love to see children playing in the yard again. 1940) and Turner School (ca. It will be a major shot in the arm for the neighborhood, city as a whole and this most perfect place. 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