Shuttered since 1959, the once bustling Cotton Belt Freight Depot is a 750-foot-long concrete ruin of graffiti, rot and trash. The structure is virtually invisible to city dwellers, hidden as it is behind a row of factories on the north riverfront.
Danny Wicentowski Local artists want to turn the Cotton Belt Freight Depot into a 750-foot-long canvas.
But with the opening of the nearby Stan Musial Veterans Bridge in February, the pocked face of the Cotton Belt now greets motorists crossing the bridge from Illinois. Tom Nagel, an artist and preservation activist, wants to give those drivers a real St. Louis welcome: A 750-foot-long mural across the east facade.
"You drive across that bridge, but there's nothing there but this huge abandoned building," says Nagel. "Let's put something amazing there."More »