2019 Most Endangered Buildings
King & High Block
Year Built:1880s – 1950
Address: SW Corner of King Ave. and High Street
Original Building Use: Mixed use
Owner: Multiple Owners
This early 20th century mixed-use block represents a cohesive collection of architecture supporting viable small businesses. This block is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Short North Multiple Property Nomination. Buildings contributing to the significance of the district include the King Avenue row houses, constructed in 1905 to give tenants easy access to streetcars; an early service station that was built around 1925; and the 1905 Buckeye Block, built around an earlier Italianate residence, all representative of the commercial development of the neighborhood.
Why is this Site Endangered?
A St. Louis developer interested in redeveloping the block presented several concepts that would require partial demolition of the buildings before the University Area Commission Zoning Committee in April.
Photos by Orbit Design & Richard Burry