Alert: Fountain Park Gem in Desperate Need of Rehab (4831-37 Fountain Avenue)

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The mixed use building at 4831-37 Fountain Avenue may not be long for this world without immediate stabilization.

The building, which sits on the northeast corner of the lovely, oblong Fountain Park, beautifully envelops the gentle curve of its host street in a way we rarely see today. This is especially true since so many commercial buildings on complex parcels, like triangular wedges and traffic circles, have been demolished for much smaller, automobile-oriented buildings with parking lots.

It has been nearly six years since St. Louis blogger Toby Weiss has profiled this elegant building, and even then the building looked worse for the wear. Today, the building it at a crisis point and needs immediate investment to patch holes in its roof and repair the beautiful, though crumbling, storefront.

Below is a 2007 image from Toby Weiss’s BELT blog:

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While it is hard to clearly make out the subsequent deterioration in this 2013 photograph obtained from the nextSTL Twitter account, nevertheless, conditions have indeed worsened.

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So, readers, if you know of any angel investors willing to approach the owner of this property—Titsworth Properties, LLC according to Geo St. Louis—and make an offer on it, please do so. This is not to say the building is for sale, or even that the current owner is willing to fix the property up, but it’s worth a shot to try to save one of St. Louis’s most unique commercial properties, isn’t it?

Consider:

  • The building is in a National Register of Historic Places district (Aubert Place-Fountain Park), which makes it eligible for federal and state historic tax credits.
  • The building is located merely three blocks north of the bustling Central West End.

Click here for a map of the area.

Titsworth LLC’s Registered Agent is Mitchell D. Jacobs. His contact information is below.


Mitchell D. Jacobs
225 S. Meramec Ave., Ste. 1021T
Clayton, MO 63105

Telephone: (314) 726-6030

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