Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Daily Dose of Blairmont 4

Today's Blairmont-owned building stands in the south end of the St. Louis Place neighborhood; it's been owned by Blairmont Associates Ltd. Co. since the spring of 2005.

  • 1923 Madison Street - built 1888

August 16, 2003

November 11, 2007

Still occupied in late 2003, 1923 Madison was boarded up and empty three years later. More telling, all the windows were removed from the upper floors. They were cheap vinyl windows, not particularly lucrative. Why remove them? Well, the only real consequence of removal is that it opens the building up to the weather, speeding up deterioration and decay. Folks, you figure it out!

Now, you might think that this is an ordinary four-square flat building, and to an extent, you'd be right. It's got the red brick, Second Empire slate tiled mansard roof, and dormer windows so common to 1880s buildings in St. Louis.

It still has the lovely slate tile patterns and dormer detail, but the brick cornice so typical of St. Louis buildings appears to have been lost in a remodeling some years ago. Likewise, the house's neighbors east and west have been lost, leaving it as a lonely survivor along Madison.

But.... just look look look what it does for the view from adjacent Knapp Street!

September 2, 2006

More than just a stock building, it forms the termination of a lovely little urban vista, capping off a varied run of historic buildings -- and new construction as well, as new houses have gone up on the west side of Knapp, their massing and scale in keeping with their hundred-plus-year-old neighbors across the street.

  • 1612 Knapp Street - built 1875

The shorter building at right, with the white windows, is another Blairmont property -- 1612 Knapp, owned by "Dodier Investors LLC" since December 2006. So not only is the vista's finale in danger, but the vista itself is also jeopardized!

This neighborhood is not going away. There's brand new houses going up right down the street. Blairmont has nothing to gain by sitting on this lovely building and letting it fall apart.

Price bounce: 1923 Madison sold in April 2005 for $10,000. A few weeks later it sold for $17,500 to Blairmont.


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