Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Communities Are Renovating Old Buildings for New Uses

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Communities Are Renovating Old Buildings for New Uses

Article excerpt

SOME OLD CITY SCHOOLS that appeared headed for oblivion have been saved. And in other cases, the battle goes on.

Fremont School, 2840 Wisconsin Avenue, was closed in 1980 and stood vacant for 12 years before the Benton Park Neighborhood Association and St. Louis Alderman Martie Aboussie put together a plan to save the 1896 Romanesque Revival building.

The former school and an adjoining building now have 75 apartments for the elderly. Under federal guidelines, the St. Agnes Apartments, as they are called, are rented to the elderly at no more than 30 percent of their incomes.

The future of another Romanesque Revival building, the old Benton School, 2847 North Kingshighway, is still in doubt. The St. Louis Heritage and Urban Design Commission recently denied a request by the owner, All Saints Episcopal Church, to demolish the school. It dates from 1894. The commission asked the church to board up and secure the building and come back with a redevelopment plan for the property. …

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