The Pevely Dairy has been in our midst since the 1880s. It’s earned its place as a St. Louis landmark and an example of the Neoclassical architecture of that period in time. Now, with the threat of demolition looming, The Pevely Preservation Coalition is asking for your support in keeping Pevely in tact.
Who: The Pevely Preservation Coalition
What: …invite you to demonstrate your disapproval of the demolition of the Pevely Dairy
Where: The corner of Grand & Chouteau
When: Saturday, November 19th. 3PM.
Immediately prior to the rally, there will be a design charrette at 10am-2pm at 911 Washington Ave., Suite 170 (further details in the flier image above), sponsored by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, nextSTL, and the Preservation Research Office.
On October 26th, Saint Louis University applied for a demolition permit for the historic Pevely Dairy complex at Grand Boulevard and Chouteau Avenue. A week later, SLU announced plans to build new SLUCare facilities on the site, but tentatively stated that it would consider preserving the 1943 Pevely smokestack and the façade of the 1915 Pevely Dairy building on the corner.
SLU is a major employer and healthcare provider in the St. Louis region, and we support its need to expand. Yet the university could preserve both of these structures and still have enough land area on the Pevely site to double the size of its current facilities (using the existing structure or in a separate new structure) and provide surface parking for almost 500 cars. That gives SLUCare ample room to grow, even by suburban standards.
The Pevely Dairy complex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Under our city’s preservation ordinance, such buildings should not be demolished if they are structurally stable and have rehabilitation potential. The Pevely buildings are both, as evidenced by the numerous plans to rehab them using historic tax credits prior to SLU’s purchasing the site in August 2011.
The city’s Preservation Board will review the demolition permit for the Pevely complex on Monday, November 28th. Though these buildings should be protected by law, this citizen board is often swayed by the powers that be to approve plans for large institutions such as SLU. That’s why we MUST speak out against these plans, and ask local officials to do the same.
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