Lafayette Square Warehouse Set for Mixed Use Conversion (1917 Rutger)

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A warehouse building located at 1917 Rutger (at Mississippi Avenue) in Lafayette Square may soon be rehabbed into 30 residential units and 1 commercial space according to a recent building permit application. Owner JLSK Properties, LLC has applied for a permit in the amount of $800,000 to rehab the building. That permit has not yet been issued.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building:


Lafayette Square was initially an upscale 19th Century Victorian suburb that was quite a hike from the bustling city (within the confines of today’s downtown). As factories and warehouses began to encroach on the residential district in the 20th Century, the well-heeled residents fled to new wealthy enclaves farther west. Today, in cyclical fashion. some of these warehouses and industrial sites have been converted back into residential uses (the Lofts at Lafayette Square/M Lofts). The warehouse at 1917 Rutger may soon add to those ranks.

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  • John R

    Permit was issued this past week so it looks like this one is a go.

  • SnakePlissken

    Something about “upscale 19th Century Victorian suburb” really gets me going.

  • Mike F

    800,000USD? Seems a bit parsimonious for a structure of this size, doesn’t it?

    • Alex Ihnen

      For various reasons, building permits do not necessary reflect full final costs. Think may be because electrical or other permits are issues separately, it could be simply an estimate that doesn’t include residential finishes, etc.

  • Sean McElligott

    Hope they can find a way to remove the white paint.

    • Adam

      i know paint is bad for brick, but it injects some badly needed color into the streetscape. one issue that i have with St. Louis is that, in the dreary months, miles and miles of deep red brick can feel oppressive. i wouldn’t mind seeing more paint, actually, on some of our less architecturally impressive brick buildings. DC has lots of painted row houses and they look great IMHO.

      • Justin

        Painted brick can be done well (Washington DC is a good example), however I think it usually looks terrible. What I hate the most is when someone paints their home brick red. What’s the point? it is already red and will likely increase the amount of maintenance needed on the house.

        • Adam

          yeah, there a some examples of badly-painted brick around STL. and i hear you about the red paint. i’m a fan of muted light colors and pastels myself.

        • Mike F

          Oh, yes, this>>>”…likely increase the amount of maintenance needed…”

      • Mike F

        I don’t agree. Paint covers up and neutralizes any fine brick bonds, terra cotta, and generally the workmanship of the mason. Shadowing, and subtle and elegant shifts of light are nearly obliterated when paint is applied to brick. Many is the time I’ve seen two-toned houses (say, buff brick above the first-floor sills, and red below, or vice-versa) painted a wretched baby-puke beige. Or battleship gray. As for DC, it has its own vernacular, often incorporating some really interesting brick, including one which is about half the thickness of standard face brick (This type of brick is extremely common in DC). As well, there are many, many fine colorations in brick in DC, and the paint destroys the subtlety of the fired colors and the patina of age.