By. Chris Stritzel (Liaison Officer for Historic Restorations INC)
The wait is over. We have chosen Killeen Studio Architects as the Architecture firm to design the facade restoration of the Spivey Building project in East St. Louis, Illinois. The tower, at 417 East Missouri Avenue, was constructed in 1927 by Allen Spivey for his East St. Louis Journal. The building was designed by Albert Frankel whose design ideas were inspired by Louis Sullivan. After the building went abandoned in 1980, it sat and rotted until Philip Cohn came along to redevelop the property in 2002. After controversy with him, the building has been met with multiple demolition threats while ultimately set into motion this project.
Historic Restorations INC of Fayette Alabama contacted Building St. Louis to begin the process of issuing RFPs (Request for Proposals) to 5 Architecture firms in the St. Louis area. Three firms responded but only one got their proposal pitch to us in on time and that firm is Killeen Studio architects. The firm, based in a old factory/warehouse building at 3015 Salena in Benton Park, was among the most qualified in the architecture field out of the 5 firms we asked to work on the project with. We are excited to announce that we will be moving forward with them on this Project.
The scope of the project is also known as “Phase 1”. Phase 1 consists of the following...
- Removal of Soot from the main structure.
- New windows.
- Reconstruction of lost cornice.
- Roof resealing.
- Securing of Building from vandals.
- Removal of all graffiti.
- New tuck pointing
At a later date, Phase 2 will be put into motion to complete the interior of the building for habitable uses. Phase 2 is reliant of the execution of Phase 1. The plans submitted by Killeen Studio will be used in negotiations to receive the building from the St. Clair County Board of Trustees. The County took ownership of the building when the previous owner failed to pay taxes on the property. We believe that this project will be a lynchpin to future development in Downtown East St. Louis as this building is the most visible on all of Downtown East St. Louis. The Spivey is just over 65,000 square feet so it is also one of the largest buildings.
We are so excited to be working with Killeen Studio on this project and we can’t wait to see what the future of the Spivey is. As time goes on, we will update you on the progress of the Spivey Building Redevelopment at BuildingSTLNews.com/Spivey.html. We thank you all for your interest in this project and look forward to sharing exciting news soon!
Please Contact Chris Stritzel at THIS PAGE for more Information regarding the Spivey Building project.