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.
I have always admired the DeVille since it opened in 1963. I admired the way the original gold and blue curtains in all of its windows set off the buildings architecture. It is sad that its demise is being planned for a parking lot. If the high school down the street needs 180 parking spaces how come they are not using the ones in the San Luis now?
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Great video! This past summer, I did some serious scouting of the building for a possible shot, and although it didn’t connect with me with that result, I came away admiring its form, its style, its siting . . so many things that you’ve captured. Again . . .you’ve done a great job bringing to our attention another St. Louis treasure.
Thanks for the posting. My grandmother lived in the San Luis in the 70’s, her apartment overlooked the Basilica. I remember it as a fantastic building.
advocacy can also apply to buildings shaped like the other 25 letters of the alphabet as well.
Thanks for posting this. I work in CWE and this building is one of my favorites. Thanks for the post and link to Save the San Luis.
Wow. That was seriously wonderful! Great job, guys!