A Quick Primer on the Cupples Building #7 Saga

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{This Building Matters – a video series by Preservation Research Office

Cupples #7 appears likely to be demolished in about a month. On his blog, Mayor Slay pleads one last time for a developer to come forward to preserve and redevelop the building. If no one arrives, cash in had, by the end of May, the city plans to proceed with demolition. The pricetag is $850K and the city will be stuck with the bill, hoping to pursue payment in the courts. The city's Preservation Board denied demolition in late 2011. Soon after, the city installed a fence around the building, concerned that it could collapse.

From Vanishing St. Louis: Loss of Cupples 7 Would Further Deplete a Sparse Section of Downtown St. Louis and Cupples Building 7 CAN and SHOULD be Saved

{Cupples #7 – image by Paul Hohman}

From the Post-Dispatch: Preservation Board denies Cupples 7 demolition and Editorial: Cupples conundrum comes crashing into reality

From City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay: The long-term future of the Cupples 7 building does not look bright

Cupples 7 interior
{Cupples #7 interior – image from Preservation Board agenda}

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  • pat

    Has anyone engaged the group that is redoing the Municipal courts building? They had this dream of a “sports street” down Clark. I think saving Cupples 7 would be a benefit for that.

  • Adam

    Slay says “A local developer with a good record, up to that point, failed Cupples 7. Blame the economy, a bad plan.” If by “a bad plan” he means that McGowan allowed the hole in the roof to worsen for years, thereby dooming the building, then I agree. My question is, what will be done, going forward, to prevent this type of thing from happening again and again and again? Perhaps, Mayor Slay, you could actually enforce building codes and required owners–yes, even big wealthy developers–to perform rudimentary stabilization work IMMEDIATELY after they purchase them.

    • samizdatr

      This whole thing is so sad, and as you note, so preventable. McGowan, BoA, the City, they all had the opportunity to take action on the roof.

      F***ing pisses me off. Oh, well, maybe someone will put up something really elegant and modern in its stead. It would be a shame if a pastiche of “brick” panels and stucco were to be put there, in mockery of what once was.