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  • Cherokee Street Sidewalk Sale, June 27, 2010

    Posted on June 21st, 2010 Toby Weiss No comments

    This Sunday, June 27th is the Cherokee Bizarre Bazaar & Flea Market, in the 2800 block of Cherokee Street. Be sure to walk a few blocks west and check out the Fort Gondo Sidewalk Sale, as well.

    Fort Gondo‘s Galen is clearing out his basement cram-packed full of retro furniture, lamps, soda pop history and tandem bikes and throwing it out onto the sidewalk in front of his store.

    Buy something from him during 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and your money does double good:  half goes to pay for nuptials, while the other half helps Friends of the San Luis pay down their last remaining dollars to the lawyers.

    Stop by and buy at 3151 Cherokee Street, and tell ‘em the ghost of the Hotel Deville sent ya.

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  • Come to the Soulard Stable Hootenanny, May 22

    Posted on May 13th, 2010 Toby Weiss 1 comment

    Our journey through St. Louis City Preservation Rights is coming to an end, and with the final attorneys’ bill in hand, we’re throwing a party to pay that down and celebrate a small victory.

    The story began with trying to save the San Luis from demolition. It came down.

    The reasons it came down seemed in violation of laws already on the books, so we took it to court. The judge said we had no standing to protest this.

    Because this was a gross misunderstanding of the laws already on the books, and because this ruling put future buildings in the same jeopardy, we took the case to the next highest court.

    Here’s a news report of what went down in court the first week of May.
    We’re waiting for the final written judgment, but our group who filed the suit – and our attorneys – are pleased with the tone of argument in court on that day, so we’re closing up shop on this particular preservation adventure. And we’re feeling good about the safety of the rights of St. Louisans to protect worthy buildings from bad decisions.

    The Anti-Wrecking Ball crew would love for you to join us on Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the historic Stahl Stables in Soulard for some music, mirth, raffle prizes and beer!

    $10 at the door gets you a beer and 3 kick ass St. Louis bands:
    The Union Electric
    Leadville
    Pretty Little Empire

    There will be cash kegs of Schlafly to drink from after you finish the complimentary brew, along with some raffle prizes and special features that are still being firmed up as we type.

    All proceeds go to our noble and benevolent lawyers and the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation. So we can all get tipsy and rock out knowing we’ve all done our small part to protect our rights and the next building threatened by a wrecking ball.

    If you’re on Facebook, here’s the official invite.
    And click here for even more information.

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  • San Luis on KSDK

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 Toby Weiss No comments

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    See video of Randy Vines romancing the San Luis on KSDK.

    Good job of hearing from both sides.  Now, what about actually having meaningful conversation face to face?

    The Archdiocese goal of more parking can be achieved in several different ways. The value of that land and its greater use can be achieved in several different ways.  More can be accomplished by joining together than by tearing apart, and the Friends of the San Luis are extending a hand to the Archdiocese.  Here’s hoping they return the sentiment.

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    San Luis documentary “This Was The Future”

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  • This Was The Future

    Posted on April 18th, 2009 Toby Weiss 7 comments

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    Towards the effort to save the San Luis, a documentary was made in 48 hours over the first weekend in March 2009. I was honored to be asked to be a part of this adventure, and a big round of applause to everyone involved. You’re all brilliant.

    There are plans for a proper screening in May during Preservation Week (details forthcoming), but you can watch it now.  It’s less than 8 minutes long, so watch it a couple of times, and pass it around.  It’s an easy way to raise the profile of a building longing to be spiffed up and returned to its glamorous life.

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