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12th District Police Station
It was closed in the nineteen-sixties, re-opened for several years, and finally abandoned for good by the early seventies as the neighborhood around it lost both population and affluence. Several organizations tried to take it over, as a civic center or some such, without sucess. It suffered a fire in 1995, which destroyed the cupola and collapsed the roof.
When I first saw it in 1996, it was seemingly in rotting condition - but it was still truly grand. Though I initially believed that it was beyond any hope of restoration, a architectural salvager I met (that's him there with the trailer at left) commented that it was still "solid as a rock"; a rehabber I encountered later on claimed that a new roof was all it really needed to be viable again. He even had a rather innovative plan for reviving it, but simply lacked the time and the capital to get it started -- and by then it was too late anyway.
The demolition as it progressed in January of 1997
The Page Police Station was demolished in February of 1997, perhaps as a token measure to show that the mayor up for re-election at the time was making "progress" in "revitalizing" the city, or perhaps even because it was something of a danger to the neighborhood in its dilapitated state.
Page Boulevard Police Station at Vanishing StL
National Register nomination form
The site in 2000.
Today the lot has been landscaped as the Arie W. Fowler Park, with some benches and a small community garden.
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