Monday, June 7, 2010

Nancy Drew and the Disappearing Skybridge

(NOTE: This post was intended to be published at about 6:15 a.m. Unfortunately, some Blogger glitch has had the site down and unavailable for several hours. My apologies if you tried to post comments or if you posted a comment but don't see it yet! I was unable to get through to moderate them.)

It’s not often that you’ll hear me cheer about something being torn down in downtown St. Louis so brace yourself: CHEER!

While the gutting of St. Louis Centre will be going on for a while, the adjacent Washington Avenue skybridge is rapidly disappearing. There were even workers on a scaffold along the side of the old Stix building on Friday which tells me that these plans must be progressing nicely.

A while back, I’d read something that said when they ultimately took this thing down that it shouldn’t really have damaged the front of the historic building to which it was attached nearly 30 years ago. Hmm. Looks like it may have damaged at least one cornice.
Hard to imagine that preserving the face of the old building was top of mind with those who were doing this work back in the early ‘80s. I guess we’ll just have to see.

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