June 28th the St. Louis Preservation Board denied the application
for a demolition permit, citing the Cultural Resources staff report.
the building on March 5, 2003 and again on June 10, 2004.
During the March 5, 2003 inspection, staff was joined by an architect
for the Housing Development Section of the Community Development
Agency. That assessment revealed that the building was structurally
sound upon exterior inspection. During the June 10 examination,
the exterior of the building appeared essentially sound, especially
compared with most buildings the staff views each week, however
it is begining to suffer from lack of maintenance. The front
and rear facades need tuck pointing where the porches have been
removed, and the site apears abandoned and minimally maintained."
for PDF of Cultural Resources report to the Preservation Board
At this point we do not
know if the owner, Our Lady's Inn, is going to appeal the decision
or seek alternative solutions to meet their needs. Needless
to say, we were pleased with the decision.
On April 12th, 2004 eleven St. Louis City Residents & property
a suit in Circuit Court to review a variance granted to applicant
Our Lady's Inn to construct a new 7-unit transitional housing project
on the site of the Virginia Mansion. The area is zoned "B"
Two-Family Dwelling District. The case is pending in St.
Louis Circuit Court at this time, oral arguments are expected in
early August 2004.