If it’s not already omnipresent, St. Louis’ acting leader of the Archdiocese, Robert Hermann, must be told of the San Luis’ inherent potential. This fine example of Mid Century Modern architecture compliments the architecturally diverse Lindell streetscape with its eye-catching design. A rehabilitated San Luis would not only provide excellent lodging or housing, as it’s easily accessible to the entire region by transit, but would certainly stimulate pedestrian activity which makes the Central West End a vibrant, healthy neighborhood. Demolition must not occur as St. Louis cannot afford such a waste.
As the San Luis resides within the Central West End National Register Historic District, incomprehensible acts such as demolition require the approval of St. Louis’ Preservation Board. Upon issuance of a permit, citizens will have the opportunity to voice their opposition to demolition. St. Louisans cannot allow the destruction of Charles Colbert’s extremely unique gift that he bestowed upon the Central West End. Architectural bias contributed to the demolition of Real Estate Row downtown, which included the phenomenal Buder, Title-Guaranty, and International Life buildings. As with those atrocities, will the hedonistic needs and opinions of the Archdiocese trump the architectural merit of the San Luis and greater, overriding demands of the Central West End neighborhood? Will you stand against another unnecessary demolition that devalues the Central West End and greater St. Louis City?