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  • Southern Funeral Home For Sale

    Posted on January 2nd, 2011 Toby Weiss 29 comments
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    S. Grand & Iron
    South St. Louis, MO

    The palatial hacienda-style funeral home with “that sign” is now for sale.

    This building is absolutely gorgeous, in whole and for its details. The funeral home (read its history here) started in 1908, and they moved into this building in 1929, which was built for them, and is supposedly the first St. Louis structure made expressly for a funeral home.

    I’ve always been fond of the mid-century rear addition, loving the juxtaposition between eras. Plus, how can you not love the reiteration of their logo in giant, 3-D (below)?

    Take a look at the real estate listing. They’re asking only $375,000 for this massive building, which also includes 2 apartments. I ran into the family that were living in the place until recently, when they had to find a new place to live because the place is for sale. There was a language barrier preventing me from getting any details from them, because I wanted to ask the little boy just how was it living in a funeral parlor. Seems like something a kid would dig, right?

    Take a close look at the photos on the property listing. There’s a beautiful chapel inside with a stage and seating for more than 200 people. It’s in a commercial district and has tons of parking.

    This building is crying out to be a concert club. Think about it: music and food, the owner can live above the business. Because it’s by Carondelet Park, it’s easy to get to from Hwy 55.
    So, do we yet have anyone inspired to do something with this fabulous place?

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    29 Responses to “Southern Funeral Home For Sale”

    1. So, will they lease it?

    2. There’s a link to the real estate listing in the blog post. Contact them with that question – which is a good one!

    3. I drive by the place all the time and always thought it was such a cool building! I love your idea for turning it into a music venue!

    4. if i remember correctly, i looked at this place YEARS ago for an advertising agency client. it had huge issues with contamination, as all old funeral homes do…

    5. Ahhh, dead body contamination…. That would explain the cheap price, yes?

    6. I’m actually seriously considering turning the place into a cage-free cat shelter, and need help to do so. $375K is extremely reasonable for the amount of space. Anyone want to help with our capital campaign? Please email me!!

    7. I just called the Realtor about purchasing the the building. I thought it might also work as an events space. I was told that it is under contract and is being torn down to make way for a Dollar General store. This is such a shame. With all the vacant property around the area to loose this beautiful building is wrong.

    8. Is this funeral home still for sale?

      Thanks, in advance, for your quick response.

      Maria Bonetti

    9. I spoke to the 11th Ward Alderman on 9/27. There is a contract pending on this property and has been for approx. 5 months. Last month, a neighbor noted that “someone” was marking the parking lot. The Alderman has not been contacted by either the real estate agent or potential purchaser. Alderman Villa stated that he has been contacted by numerous neighbors who have expressed their opinions and concerns about the rumored potential use of this site. I am aware that Cultural Resourses is aware of the situation and the potential of neighborhood concern.

      This situation does bare close watching. Of course, there is nothing that the neighborhood can do as this is a private real estate transaction, but I believe that neighborhood will voice their opinions when we can have input. Misuse of this property will have a negative on future development of other properties in this area.


    10. I was looking at other stuff around there, and found this Building at 911 Holy hills ave over 10,000 sq. Ft looks like an old FBI building or something for 399,000. any Idea what it use to be ? Thanks I would really love to own that funeral home, I wish I knew a way to look up more unusual listings like that . They have a site for england that list old churches , schools and wierd Prpertys . I couldn’t find anything in the US. John

    11. A public hearing of the St. Louis Board of Adjustment will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 1:30PM at City Hall in Room 208.

    12. If you look at the building it really is a dump. it is old, falling apart and in need of major repairs. The antique sign is worth more than the building. It is an old building with newer ad ons to it and it looks like a mish mash. Should be torn down.

    13. I heard the building was sold to some company out of St. Charles. Can anyone confirm?

    14. Bob! Are you joking? That building could never be duplicated with today’s trades. And it is still intact with structural integrity. I would love to open a cultural center there with piano bar, night club, Mexican, Asian, Latino, Bosnian, German, etc groups in the area! Meetings, dances, plays, worship services, 12 step meetings. ESL classes, a cybercafe. A little community gym to compete with the overpriced “City” gym run by the YMCA at extortionary prices, a smoothie bar? lol It could be wonderful. I sang at many funerals there in the 80s. There are great spaces inside there.

    15. This place is a run down dump that would need a million or more in renovations to bring it up to a respectable and acceptable standard for a funeral home. The pavement is gone, the stucco all need replacing as do doors, windows and who knows what else inside. The best and most expensive part is the metal sign.

    16. IS this bldg. still for sale

    17. Indeed it is. And looking pretty ratty from sitting vacant for so long. It really needs someone to save it!

    18. i went inside the building and everything is nearly intact like it was still running.. but everything is everywhere. real dump

    19. Would like to know if this building is still for sale? Who would you contact?

    20. i look at this building everyday. the thieves have stolen and broke any and all pieces of this building. the place now should be tore down it is a total devestating place. not a piece of value there anymore. so sad.

    21. the sign is GONE. scrappers i would assume got it. darn shame.

    22. the sign is gone now. scrappers are reallyy bold.

    23. well everything is gone the place is constantly being broken into.

    24. I saw this just the other day. It’s horrible. Since you live near-by, is it possible for you to call the Citizen Service Bureau and report the problem? This way, they will send the City out to at least board it up.

      Here’s the link to alert them on-line or the phone number:

    25. There was a fire there last week.

      Click above link for pic from STL fire dept Twitter feed.

    26. And th4 countdown begins until demolition…

    27. I’m interested in buying the house so it doesn’t get demolished

    28. […] sad seeing the Southern Funeral Home in this condition. The former owner gave me a tour last year (sorry, no pictures), and the interior […]

    29. Took a video of the inside several weeks ago. The funeral home and chapel is now demolished.

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