Historic St. Louis Building Could Soon Be Gone
ST. LOUIS - A part of St. Louis' historic Cupples Station complex could be gone within a month.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the seven-story building known as Cupples 7 will be demolished in June unless a developer steps forward by May 30. The building was condemned in 2008, deemed too deteriorated to save.
Officials say the roof has a huge hole, the brick walls are cracked and most of the timber-frame interior has collapsed. Deputy building inspector Frank Oswald says the building presents a public safety threat.
Preservationists say they are disturbed by the potential demolition of a building that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The city will have to foot the demolition cost, estimated at $850,000.