ArtHouse and the Grand Center InnJanuary 12, 2010
Visiting the Rabbit in Strauss Park yesterday reminded me of a couple other projects in Grand Center that I was curious about. The first was ArtHouse.
I first saw this advertised on Washington at least a year and a half ago (news broke over 2 years ago judging from this post on Ecology of Absence) and still haven’t seen any work done on the actual site.
This map makes the area look pretty busy (Grand Center does have a lot to offer but the map still seems misleading), but I noticed two of the dots right next to ArtHouse (9 and 25) are listed on the key as “Planned/Proposed” – fairly exciting. Green dot number 9 is listed as “Grand Center Performance Park (proposed/planned)” but I found no other credible references to this project. It’ll be interesting to see if it ever materializes and I really hope it does. The spot at Grandell Square and Spring could really use something.
Green Dot number 25 on the ArtHouse map is a spot that I have already seen put to good use in The Light Project. It is the shell of the Church of God in Christ and is listed on the map key as “Spring Church and Garden (planned).” This project is also referenced as “benefit[ing] from the Grand Center, Inc. Revolving Loan Fund” on Grand Center’s Website (under “Neighborhood Assistance Program”) where it is refered to as the “Church of God In Christ/Urban Garden.” Last time I got a good photo here it looked like it was very much a part of the “Urban Garden” that makes up far too much of St. Louis City.
Although I haven’t noticed any work on either of these two parks, a very exciting new addition has made it to this corner. The Grand Center Inn, located in the renovated Meriwether Mansion, has finally opened beating out several other planned hotels in the area (Metropolitan building before Pyramid folded, Old Missouri Theater Building, Grand and Lindell, New SLU Hotel, etc). Despite the fact that the building appears to have no sign identifying it, it has earned a couple of positive reviews and has a pretty good looking website.
Grandell Square is a great street and I am thrilled to see progress made and hear about possibilities that lie ahead. The Sun Theater just up the street would be incredible to see renovated but it a treasure even in its current condition and sports some impressive ghost signs.
On Grand at Grandell Square is the Grand Public Art Plaza, a cool project which has had a couple of set-ups. The current one is pretty cool with propellers and mirrors.
Grand Center is a very cool place and its Northern end around Grandell Square is really starting to look good. I’m excited to see more progress.