The Old North St. Louis House Tour is tomorrow, Saturday, May 10, from 10-4. Tickets are $10 today (buy them via paypal here) and $12 day of. I’m really psyched, and I really hope you’ll consider coming up to take a look around our community.
What I like about our house tour, versus others I’ve been on, is the mix of all the kinds of homes you get to see. The house where I’ll be helping out in the afternoon looks like a perfect, sparkling 19th century house right out of Lafayette Square, but we’ve also got gritty in-progress rehabs and everything in between. You’re not going to see two dozen identical perfectly historic, spotless old homes, nor are you going to see twenty identical loft-style contemporary spaces. We mix it up. As an architecture and design geek, I never get sick of seeing the endless variety of ways my neighbors finish the 1880s and 1890s buildings we have in ONSL.
Particularly of interest is that this year, you can have a sneak peak at the ongoing development of the 14th Street Mall. Come take a look, and watch us turn an icon of bad planning and decline into one of rebirth and resurgence.
And meet the neighbors! The main thing that keeps me in Old North is how wonderful and diverse my neighbors are. People genuinely do take care of each other up here. It’s the kind of place where people ask how you are and mean it.
More info about the tour is available here. If you can’t make it but you’re curious about Old North, I’m always glad to answer questions or take you on a walking tour. Yay Old North!