Monday, April 21, 2008

Daily Dose of Blairmont 48

    Left and right:
  • 2842 St. Louis Avenue (MLK 3000 LLC, February 2007)
  • 2844 St. Louis Avenue (MLK 3000 LLC, February 2007)

February 2008

St. Louis Avenue is home to many commanding buildings, powerful designs tall enough to hold their own against a street that's much wider than it needs to be. This pair is a fine if common example.

May 2007

What they haven't been able to hold out against is Blairmont ownership, and the brick thieves that so commonly accompany that status.

Fortunately, most of the damage is confined to smaller rear additions, and it is not too late to stabilize and repair the main portion of the houses. Now, whether that'll happen on Blairmont's watch... that's another matter entirely.

The buildings are visibly unsecured, and of course, as usual, the attic windows are missing. Boy, those attic windows must really be worth a lot of money!

(I had briefly thought that, perhaps, the attic windows were missing on such buildings because they'd been punched out by metal thieves trying to strip the cornice and gutters, but a quick skim through my photographs shows no correlation between the missing windows and metal stripping.)

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