St. Louis City is home to an immense treasure trove of historic districts, landmarks, and architecture. There are city landmarks, national register listings, national historic districts, local historic districts, and more. It’s a lot to keep track of (National designations are important primarily because they confer access to tax credits). Local districts are the only ones to confer any real protection against alteration or demolition.
The relevant point here is that if you want to demolish, renovate, or build in a local historic district you’re going to land at the city’s Cultural Resources Office and seek the approval of the appointed Preservation Board. The board has a good track record of protecting the historic integrity of buildings and neighborhoods. In real life, this means the board often reaffirms simple rules, such as, that no, you cannot install a Home Depot door on your 1895 Benton Park home.
And on big decisions (see The People v. SLU regarding the Pevely Dairy complex) politics can sometimes carry the day. Still, common sense typically rules the outcomes each month. This week, two single-family homes (Lafayette Square and Benton Park historic districts) and a mosque (McKinley Heights historic district) were approved by the board.
1212 Dolman Street – Lafayette Square Local Historic District
This single-family house, on the east side of Dolman Street, follows a Historic Model Example as required by the Lafayette Square Standards. However, the design includes a large side porch, based generally upon a similar porch that was approved by the Preservation Board for another new house constructed at 1722 Carroll Street in 2015.
2843 South 18th Street – Benton Park Local Historic District
The applicant proposes to construct one single-family residence at 2843 South 18th Street, in the Benton Park Local and National Register District.
2623 Allen Avenue – McKinley Heights Local Historic District
This is a preliminary review application to construct a new mosque with parking.