1111 South Compton Avenue
St. Louis, MO
On Compton between LaSalle and Hickory Avenues, there was this lone, single-family house. I’ve lived in South St. Louis for 13+ years and it was always vacant. It wasn’t anything remarkable save for the fact that it was the only survivor of what had once been a typically dense city block. In March, a small crew had been dispatched to carefully dismantle the building for brick salvage.
Every day for one week, I took pictures of it from the same vantage points just to see a mini-movie of demolition play out, frame by frame.
Turns out that Saint Louis University owns this property. Actually, they own many full blocks of property in this immediate area. Considering that SLU is currently erecting a new building a few blocks west at Chouteau & Grand (photo below, left side), this is no big surprise. Just wondering if SLU will reuse all the brick they’re demolishing for all these new projects.