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Continue for more photos of Clemens House.
There are other blogs in STL with far more comparative photos of the Clemens House.
I've been documenting the Clemens House since 2008. And in 2008, the chapel still had a roof. It's so depressing to see it now that I don't go back much anymore...There has been very little activity whatsoever in terms of structural integrity improvements. The only thing that has happened here since the roof collapsed was they had the debris removed and they dismantled the front porch. I don't see that costing 1.5 million dollars. And now, the roof of the house itself is collapsing. McKee has had the power to do something positive for this place and we haven't seen it happen yet. This is yet another reason why he is so disliked.
How old are these photos? I personally did a lot of historical research on this project. I worked for one of the developers brought on to do this project in 2009-2010, to turn into senior housing and a museum. The chapel was in ruins at that point, but Paric had done quite a bit to stabilize the main house structure. The entire Northside Plan is really quite remarkable & inspiring, and I for one give McKee my full support. I've seen his plan & think if the general public could hear and see it too they would have a much different opinion. He is working hard to bring more $, jobs, schools, and corporations to the St.Louis area that will benefit the whole city in the long run. I think it's a shame that the legalities of the situation have prolonged the progress for this long. I have no doubts that McKee is strongly passionate about preserving the historical attributes of the Clemens House! It saddens me to see these comments as though McKee is heartless and has forgotten about this gem. I'm sure that is far from the case & can't wait to see what he does with it.
No one did 1.5 million dollars of work on the Clemens House as claimed in your article. $10,000 maybe. Look at the pictures! For 1.5 million dollars Clemens House could have wrapped in plastic and saved if from the ravages of the elements.
I just mentioned this to someone tonight, not much has happened lately
McKee is a powerful, singular blight on St. Louis, and City Hall lets him run rampant. Shame on all parties involved.
Of course not. Paul McKee has let that beautiful property rot beyond any kind of reasonable repair. I wish people were paying more attention to what this person is doing and, more importantly, is not doing, to kill north city. Shame on you, Paul McKee.
He'd be "saving" it from himself. So, no. It will continue to go to ruin if left in McKee's hands. Much like the rest of the North side he owns.
That property is beyond saving folks; sorry.
First he needs to do something with all the land he's acquired over the last 15 yrs and then once he does that then people might trust him...til then NOPE!
Heres an idea, take it over through eminent domain and then hand it over to someone who can actually DO the job. Make into a museum or something since there is not a lot of that on the north side.