But, luckily, there are 3 National Historic Districts in Covenant Blu/Grand Center (CBGC):
- Locust Street Automotive District est. in September, 2005 and expanded to include 3133-3207 and 3150-3202 Locust in February, 2008
- Midtown District est. in July, 1978
- West Locust and Olive Commercial and Industrial District est. in September, 2006
CBGC is one my favorite parts of town because it's a convergence of the burgeoning Midtown Alley, SLU's main campus and a gateway to the Central West End to the west and Downtown West to the east. And it's one of the most photogenic spots in town. My favorite approach is heading south on Grand between Delmar and Lindell:
CBGC, which is the area between and around Olive/Compton/Spring/Delmar.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre:
Third Baptist Church:
KETC Channel 9, our excellent PBS station:
Contemporary Arts Museum:
KWMU 90.7 FM is currently in the suburbs at the University of St. Louis (really Bellrive/Pasadina Hills, MO)campus. They are planning to move to CBGC at Olive and Grand ( into a new 27,000 sq ft building). The Sun Theatre NEEDS to be part of this new addition, or some other use:
Lindell has recently been renovated as a Big Brothers and Big Sisters office and a Craft Alliance center (it is handsomely lit up at night, adding to the vibrancy of the area). Here's a picture circa 1993 from the awesome Built St. Louis website:
Here's one of the greatest opportunities for improvement in the area; I can't believe this building is sitting empty right at the intersection of Grand and Olive:
Humbolt building just north of the Fox:
Kota Wood Fired Grill, the Best Steak House and Jazz at the Bistro:
Some other cool sights in this part of CBGC:
Other places of interest include the Moto Museum, Triumph Grill, Hotel Ignacio, Drake Plaza and other sites along Olive:
Some interest and opportunity along Compton:
St. Louis University still has a big presence here. As much as I love SLU and want them to do well, they are freakishly obsessed with surface parking lots. Unfortunately, they are dead set on destruction of historic buildings in favor of catering to visitors and tourists that spend a mere matter of hours here and don't live here. They love branding the lots too:
SLSO book in a year? Seems like a high price to pay. But, we can reverse the trend, right? Build a large multi-level parking garage with street level retail and be done with it. Well moneyed and vocal people from the suburbs are scared to walk a block to get to their destination, and it hurts our heritage and historic continuity of our city.
CBGC called (I believe) Compton Place. It's not my style and it adds nothing to St. Louis' resume as one the finest architectural cities in the country, but there are there are the old gems north, south and west of this large "community":
faux-historic new housing, but I think it works way better than the previous example. Here's what I mean:
There are streets and streets and blocks and blocks of abandoned homes north of Delmar. I hope more and more people decide to live close to the exciting, invigorating, inspiring areas of the city and choose to rehab these aging beauties.
CBGC holding on:
CBGC at the Bell Garden:
Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory and the Clyde Miller Career Academy.
Cardinal Ritter:Alfonsus "the Rock" Church which was dedicated in 1872 and was struck by lightning in August, 2007 which resulted in a 5-alarm fire.