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January 2003: 1100 Chambers Street. This view duplicates a 1960 photograph on page 159 of St. Louis: Landmarks and Historic Districts. The older photo shows about twice as many buildings as remain here.

January 2003: Abandoned houses on the 1100 block of Tyler.

August 2008: 1123 Tyler, the abandoned house at left in the previous photo, is gone. The battered house at 1119 Tyler, with the green dormer, has lost more of its brick facade.

 

August 2008: A brave and lonely holdout still stands at 1111 Tyler. An abandoned next-door neighbor sits some distance back from the street.

August 2008: Across the street, these two houses at 1118/1120 Tyler and 1122/1124 Tyler are of a singular design. Omnipresent land speculator Paul McKee purchased one half of one of them in 2007, but hasn't done much to improve his holding.

August 2008: The block's greatest gem is this massive Romanesque building, last used as a tool and die shop. It sits almost underneath a former elevated Terminal Railroad line, which eventually leads to the McKinley Bridge. That line is now slated to become a bike path, putting this lovely old building in a perfect spot for rehab.

August 2008: the 1100 block of Tyler, looking west.

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