Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Marquette Building on Endangered List

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Marquette Building on Endangered List

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DON'T FENCE ME IN! Tenants' reports of evictions and interminably deferred maintenance at the frayed-at-the-edges Marquette Building, 314 North Broadway, are fueling speculation that the Marquette will be the next downtown landmark to be ringed by a demolition safety fence. Preservation and civic watchdogs at the Landmarks Association and Downtown St. Louis Inc. are keeping an eye on the block-long Merchandise Mart on Washington Avenue for evidence of the same harbinger chain-link fence.

Hear here. The St. Louis Building Owners and Managers Association, in conjunction with Downtown St. Louis, will host one of the first mayoral debates at the Marriott Pavilion Hotel at 7:30 a.m. next Thursday, Jan. 16. Breakfast and the debate will cost $15-$18. The topic? Downtown issues, of course.

SILVER SHADOWS: Tip of the deerstalker hat to private investigator Joe Steinmetz, whose Easterling & Steinmetz is quietly celebrating its 25th anniversary as one of the area's most sought-after, high-tech cloak and dagger agencies. PROMISE KOEPERS: Managers at the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, under exec director John F. Koeper, have consistently expressed their "absolute neutrality" on all proposals being examined by a community panel appointed by St. Louis County exec Buzz Westfall and St. Louis Mayor Boz to reform the financially challenged agency. However, with recommendations for fundamental changes increasingly likely, the current issue of Pipeline (MSD's newsletter to the district's thousands of rate-payers) manages to use nearly an entire page highlighting a "special report" from the St. Louis chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers "strongly opposing" any attempt to convert MSD into a regulated public utility. THE PASSING PARADE: D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles ad shop hosted a retirement bash for its beloved veep of media, Jean Hall, at the Missouri Athletic Club. …

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