Old North Annual House and Community Tour

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Neighborhoods, Things To Do May 2019

Every year in May, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) hosts a neighborhood-wide house and community tour to show off the warmth of the community, the richness and character of the architecture, the beauty of the community gardens and green spaces, and the dynamic revitalization in progress. This year the big day is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10:00AM- 4:00PM and will include homes and two museums along historic St. Louis Avenue. In addition, VIP ticket holders can attend a Sneak Peek reception at the new Shipping Container home being built at Wright & N. 14th Streets in Old North.

1310 N. Market Old North St. Louis
While not officially on the tour, the townhome at 1310 N. Market will be hosting an Open House from 11am – 1pm for prospective home buyers.

About Old North

The Old North neighborhood is known for the landmark Crown Candy Kitchen, historic 19th century brick homes, and its award-winning community gardens.  The partnership of ONSLRG and the Regional Housing & Community Development Alliance (RHCDA) on the 27 building, $35 million redevelopment of the former 14th Street pedestrian mall – known as Crown Square, has brought a mix of commercial and residential uses back to what was a large swath of abandoned and deteriorating buildings near the intersection of St. Louis Avenue and N. 14th Street. Arts organizations like Central Print and UrbArts have embraced the historic district of Crown Square, and artists, nonprofits, cafes, shops, restaurants are joining long-established businesses in calling Old North home. There is a strong sense of community here and you can feel it at the Farmers Market and other events held in the Square.

Mullanphy Emigrant Home Old North St. Louis
More good news for Old North – earlier this year a local real estate investor and physician purchased the historic Mullanphy Emigrant Home, pledging to rehabilitate the 151-year-old building and “restore it back to its original glory in a way that best serves the residents of the area.” He estimates it will cost $4 million to renovate and repair the property.

In addition to Crown Square, there are two other separate National Register Historic Districts located within the boundaries of Old North St. Louis — the portion of the neighborhood north of St. Louis Avenue, where dozens of homes have been rehabbed by individuals and families over the past 25 years and along North Market Street and one block to the south along Monroe Avenue, where new homes have been built and large, formerly crumbling historic buildings have been rehabbed as affordable apartments. 

1310 North Market St. Louis
By 2007, new homes had been constructed on the 1300 block of North Market as part of the North Market Place development that brought new families to this block of Old North for the first time in many years. While not on the Restoration Group’s official tour, The Dawn Griffin Group of Circa Properties will be holding an open house from 11am-1pm on Saturday, May 11th at 1310 North Market.
1310 North Market Old North St. Louis
This spacious 3 bedroom/2 bath townhome offers 1,500+ square feet of modern living space while blending in thoughtfully with the historic facades of the neighborhood. 1310 North Market is listed at $147,000.
1310 North Market Old North St. Louis
A MSD Rainscaping mini-grant was used to fund the landscaping project. A parking pad can be used for cars or as a patio for relaxing and entertaining.

about Old North st. louis restoration group

The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is a community-based nonprofit organization established by neighborhood residents in 1981 to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of the community in a manner that respects its historic, cultural, and urban character.  The Restoration Group is an all-volunteer organization steering an award-winning, effective community development corporation with a broad range of community-building activities.



We encourage you to support ONSLRG and take this amazing tour (tickets here) and stop by and see us (for free!) at 1310 North Market from 11am – 1pm on Saturday, May 11th.

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