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The Urban Renewal Project Mo R-92

The program, described as "Project Mo R-92", had been finalized on August 7, 1969
On June 26, 1970 an ordinance was passed by the City Council authorizing a cooperation agreement between the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority for the City of St. Joseph and the City of St. Joseph - over 100 buildings were razed

The urban renewal program caused the demise of the downtown area. The majority of businesses moved out of the downtown area or went out of business totally. During the urban renewal period, we lost many of our historic buildings to demolition
Downtown Felix Street had been turned into a walking pedestrian mall several times
Numerous times, the streets were changed to one-way making driving a bit confusing
The pedestrian mall was finally removed as well as many parking meters
After 45 years, downtown is beginning to slowly come back to life



AERIAL DOWNTOWN PHOTOS PRIOR TO URBAN RENEWAL

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Prior to Urban Renewal, downtown St Joseph was full of buildings
There were a few private parking lots that charged for parking
Most parking was done on the streets lined with parking meters

Photo #1 - Circa 1890
Photo #2 - Circa 1936
Photo #3 - Circa 1954
Photo #4 - Circa 1966
Photo #5 - 8th to 9th & Fredrick
Photo #6 - Old postcard
Photo #7 - 9th & Fredrick
Photo #8 - Color postcard
Photo #9 - 1961
Photo #10 - 1950 downtown map
Photo #11 - Panoramic view
Photo #12 - 1911 Postcard
Photo #13 - Postcard
Photo #14 - Centered on 8th & Frederick Avenue
Photo #15 - Central Fire station seen in top center
Photo #16 - Aerial centered over Light & Power
Photo #17 - old Post Office & St Joseph News-Press
Photo #18 - 1920 downtown map
Photo #19 - 1910-1920's looking west from 10th & Edmond
Photo #20 - Looking north towards Prospect Hill
Photo #21 - Looking Southwest overlooking downtown




1 2 3 4 5 6 4th St & Felix7 4th St & Felix8 4th St & Felix9 4th St & Felix10 4th St & Felix11 Fruit Mkt12 Fruit Mkt13 Market Square14 15 Market Square16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42

THE RAZING OF MARKET SQUARE

Built in the mid-1800's, Market Square could have become a great tourist attraction
A group of people had started a law suit to prevent the demolition of the historic Market Square area
The publicity was very positive for retaining some of the old buildings and the outcome looked good
A court order was about to be issued to prevent it's destruction but it was coming too late
The Urban Renewal people brought the wrecking ball in and destroyed the buildings in the Market Square area before the court order was issued of which would have prevented them from destroying this historic area
It's a real shame that Market Square was demolished as the City could have turned the Market Square area into a unique & historic tourist attraction
Most of these historic structures were built in the mid-1800's and they were all razed
Razed Market Square buildings: owners and address
1 - John Edward Kirschner 101-103 Market Square
2 - John Edward Kirschner 101-103 Market Square
3 - John Edward Kirschner 102-104 South 3rd Street
4 - John Edward Kirschner 218 & 218½ Felix Street
5 - John Edward Kirschner 220 Felix Street
6 - William Waris l05 Market Square
7 - William Waris 107 Market Square
8 - William Waris 106 South 3rd Street
9 - Charles R. Willits & Wife 108 South 3rd Street
10 - Charles R. Willits & Wife 122 South 3rd Street
11 - Charles R. Willits & Wife 227 Edmond Street
12 - Charles R. Willits & Wife 229 Edmond Street
13 - William Rothstein, Sidney Rothstein, Leonard Rothstein 109 Market Square
14 - William Rothstein, Sidney Rothstein, Leonard Rothstein 111 Market Square
15 - William Rothstein, Sidney Rothstein, Leonard Rothstein 113 Market Square
16 - William Rothstein, Sidney Rothstein, Leonard Rothstein 115 Market Square
17 - William Rothstein, Sidney Rothstein, Leonard Rothstein 110 South 3rd Street
18 - William Rothstein, Sidney Rothstein, Leonard Rothstein 112 South 3rd Street
19 - William Rothstein, Sidney Rothstein, Leonard Rothstein 114 South 3rd Street
20 - William Rothstein, Sidney Rothstein, Leonard Rothstein 116 South 3rd Street
21 - Louis Blanar 117 Market Square
22 - Louis Blanar 119 Market Square
23 - Louis Blanar 121 Market Square
24 - Louis Blanar 123 Market Square
25 - Louis Blanar 118 South 3rd Street
26 - Louis Blanar 120 South 3rd Street
27 - Nate Rothstein 223 Edmond Street
28 - Nate Rothstein 225 Edmond Street which was a vacant lot
29 - Mrs. Bartlett Boder 402 Felix Street
30 - Mrs. Bartlett Boder 409 Edmond Street
31 - Mrs. Bartlett Boder 411 Edmond Street





BUILDINGS ON 2nd STREET & CONNECTING STREETS RAZED

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14


BUSINESS NAMES & ADDRESSES FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:
1 - COLONIAL HOTEL & TAVERN 104 & 104 ½ North 2nd Street
2 - ST JOSEPH TOWEL & LINEN SERVICE 108-116 North 2nd Street
3 - SCHUH TILE & MARBLE 119 North 2nd Street
4 - SPUGNARDI GROCERY 121-123 North 2nd Street
5 - PRYOR POULTRY & EGG 201 North 2nd Street
6 - PIONEER HOTEL 2nd & Jules Street
7 - UNKNOWN BUSINESS 318 North 2nd Street
8 - HUND & EGER BOTTLING 421-423 North 2nd Street
9 - CHESMORE SEED COMPANY 102 South 2nd Street
10 - DOLAN MERCHANTILE 102-108 South 2nd Street
11 - AUNT JEMIMA MILL 2nd & Edmond Street
12 - DOUGLAS CANDY COMPANY 219 South 2nd Street
13 - WILLITS BINDRY COMPANY 229 Edmond Street
14 - HUND & EGER BOTTLING - Main & Faraon Street


RAZED BUILDINGS THAT I DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS OF:
SCHELENBURG BILLIARD MANUFACTURING COMPANY 37 North 2nd Street
BLUM BROTHERS BUFFET BEER 102 North 2nd Street
HOME CAFE 106 North 2nd Street
WALT'S GARAGE 111 North 2nd Street
PINZINO BROTHERS MEAT 113-115 North 2nd Street
GUINN HIDE,FUR & WOOL COMPANY 118-120 North 2nd Street
CASEY PRINTING COMPANY 124 North 2nd Street
GLOBE DELIVERY SERVICE 205 North 2nd Street
NORRIS CASH PRODUCE 212-214 North 2nd Street
HUND & EGER BOTTLING WAREHOUSE 418-420 North 2nd Street
HUND & EGER BOTTLING WAREHOUSE 501 North 2nd Street
HUND & EGER BOTTLING WAREHOUSE 503 North 2nd Street
ATKINSON PAVING COMPANY 526 North 2nd Street
QUAKER OATS COMPANY 202 South 2nd Street
ST JOSEPH PUBLIC SCALES 302 South 2nd Street
MONTGOMERY WARD & CO WAREHOUSE 401 South 2nd Street




BUILDINGS ON 3rd & CONNECTING STREETS RAZED

Downtown1 Downtown2 AJ August3 4 5 Jo Theater6 7 Metropole Hotel8 9 Pioneer Hotel10 11 12 4th & Jules13 14 15 Steam Cleaning16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Downtown23 24 25 26 27


BUSINESS NAMES & ADDRESSES FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:
1 - WESTERN UNION 3rd & Felix Street
2 - HOTEL HOMAN 308 Felix Street
3 - A. J. AUGUST CLOTHING 319-323 Felix Street
4 - SHERMAN'S HOTEL & RESTAURANT SUPPLY 102 North 3rd Street
5 - HURD'S AUCTION 114-120 North 3rd Street
6 - JO THEATRE 124 North 3rd Street
7 - WESTERN HAT & CAP COMPANY 205-211 North 3rd Street
8 - METROPOLE HOTEL 206 North 3rd Street
9 - ELY & WALKER DRY GOODS 221-225 North 3rd Street
10 - PIONEER HOTEL 224-226 North 3rd Street
11 - THE "OXFORD" 3rd & Faraon Street
12 - NOYES NORMAN SHOE COMPANY 401 North 3rd Street
13 - NOMA LIGHTS 409-415 North 3rd Street
14 - A HOUSE 419 North 3rd Street
15 - ASHLAND AVENUE METHODIST CHURCH 423 North 3rd Street
16 - QUICK SERVICE LAUNDRY COMPANY 502 North 3rd Street
17 - BOARD OF TRADE 3rd & Edmond Street
18 - ST JOSEPH COMMERCIAL CLUB 3rd & Edmond Street
19 - DOTY'S TAVERN 3rd & Edmond Street
20 - FELTENSTEINS WINE & LIQUOR RESELLER 315-319 Edmond Street
21 - UNKNOWN BUILDING 201 South 3rd Street
22 - UNKNOWN BUILDING 207 South 3rd Street
23 - BROWN TRANSFER & STORAGE 214-216 South 3rd
24 - ST JOSEPH TRANSFER COMPANY BUILT IN 1887 221 South 3rd Street
25 - VAN NATTA LYNDS DRUG CO CIRCA 1882 223 South 3rd Street
26 - THE RACKET DRY GOODS, KOZY KORNER RESTAURANT 325 Felix
26 - HARRY ROSEN DRY GOODS 325½ Felix Street
27 - DONIPHAN & COMPANY 110-114 South 3rd Street


RAZED BUILDINGS THAT I DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS OF:
HOTEL HOMAN 308 Felix Street
DAWALIBY FRUIT MARKET 311 Felix Street
NEARHOOD SIGNS 313 Felix Street
LEE BOTTLE GAS & HEATING 315 Felix Street
STANDARD ELECTRIC & APPLIANCE 317 Felix Street
ST JOSEPH HOTEL & RESTAURANT SUPPLY 104-106 North 3rd Street
TOWNSEND'S AUTO PARK 105 North 3rd Street
ST JOSEPH AUTO PARTS 110-112 North 3rd Street
WILSON'S PX LEATHER COMPANY 113 North 3rd Street
BOSTON HOUSE & WINDOW CLEANING 115 North 3rd Street
ZIDELL WHOLESALE CANDY SALES 118-120 North 3rd Street
LITTLER'S TAVERN 123 North 3rd Street
LEO'S CHICKEN ON THE RUN 328 Francis Street
E H MEYER MARKET 102-104 South 3rd Street
INDEPENDENT FRUIT COMPANY 106 South 3rd Street
NELSON PRINTING & STATIONARY 107-109 South 3rd Street
BLACKIES BARBER SHOP 108 South 3rd Street
ENTERPRISE FURNITURE & CARPET WHOLESALE WAREHOUSE 109 South 3rd Street
HERMAN & SONS WAREHOUSE 111 South 3rd Street
WILLITS PRINTING & BINDING COMPANY 113 South 3rd Street
OLNEY PIANO COMPANY 113 South 3rd Street
ENTERPRISE FURNITURE WAREHOUSE 115 South 3rd Street
LOUIS LOAN COMPANY 324 Edmond Street
EDMOND STREET HOTEL 325½ Edmond Street
FARMERS HOME BAR 328 Edmond Street
HERMAN DRUG STORE #3 331 Edmond Street
ZIP TRUCK LINE 205-215 South 3rd Street
NICHOLAS BAG COMPANY 210 South 3rd Street
ACME PRODUCTS LIGHTING FIXTURES 212 South 3rd Street
PITTSBURGH PLATE GLASS 214-216 South 3rd Street
GRAY MANUFACTURING 218 South 3rd Street
CENTRAL BATTERY & ELECTRICAL 220 South 3rd Street
WILDHAGEN MACHINE SHOP 222 South 3rd Street
WILDHAGEN SUPPLY COMPANY South 3rd Street
KNAPP MACHINE SHOP 305-307 South 3rd Street




BUILDINGS ON 4th & CONNECTING STREETS RAZED

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BUSINESS NAMES & ADDRESSES FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:
1 - ORIGINAL CITY AUDITORIUM 4th & Felix
2 - JOHNSON-WOODBURY HAT COMPANY 4th & Felix
3 - SOUTHERN PIT BARBECUE 413 Felix
4 - MONTY-HAYNES-MARECHAL PAINT & WALLPAPER 415-417 Felix
5 - AMERICAN ELECTRIC COMPANY 116-120 North 4th
6 - LEONARD WHOLESALE MEATS 323 South 4th
7 - PAUL BLOCK FURNITURE (STORAGE)117 South 4th
8 - GARLAND'S TAVERN 119 South 4th
9 - BLOCK BROTHERS FURNITURE 413 Edmond Street
10 - POTTER MATTRESS & BOX SPRINGS 206 South 4th
11 - ROSS-FRAZER SUPPLY 210-214 South 4th
12 - OWEN IMPLEMENT 211 South 4th
13 - TRISTATE WINDOWS & AWNINGS 216 South 4th
14 - JOHNSON & JOHNSON RESTAURANT EQUIPMENT 318-320 South 4th
15 - COOKMAN INSTANT PRINTING 322 South 4th
16 - HUNDLEY-FRAZER DRY GOODS CO - 202-210 North 4th Street


RAZED BUILDINGS THAT I DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS OF:
SQUARE DEAL SHOE STORE 405 Felix
SHEA FURNITURE COMPANY 407 Felix
ZWONKA FIX IT SHOP 409 Felix
SUPERIOR WINDOW CLEANING CO 419 Felix
JOHN JOSEPH RESTAURANT 421 Felix
TH0MPSON OPTICAL COMPANY 423 Felix
HAHN MUSIC & APPLIANCE COMPANY 427 Felix
NELLY DON FABRIC SHOP 109 North 4th
NATIONAL BELLAS HESS 119 North 4th
NOMA LITES LOADING DOCK 219 North 4th
ROSS AUTO PARK #4 401 North 4th
REES PRINTING COMPANY 112 South 4th
NEUDORFF'S HARDWARE 114 South 4th
ANCHOR SERUM DISTRIBUTORS 116-118 South 4th
IMMEL AUTO SERVICE 120 South 4th
PIONEER CLOTHING COMPANY 4th & Edmond
CENTRAL HOTEL 401 Edmond Street
HORTON & RHODES BARBERS 405 Edmond Street
HOCKMAN ARMY SURPLUS 407 Edmond Street
RINGER FURNISHED ROOMS 407½ Edmond Street
PARKER HARDWARE 409-411 Edmond Street
JOHN JOSEPH CAFE 415 Edmond
CHANDLEE PAINT & GLASS COMPANY 417 Edmond Street
TWENTIETH CENTURY PARKING LOT 419 Edmond Street
RHODES BARBER SHOP 421 Edmond
LYON & JUDSON HARDWARE 423 Edmond
APEX-BUFFLAO SALOON 205-207 South 4th
HECKEL GARAGE 301 South 4th
SCHULER SERVICE STATION 302 South 4th
UNKNOWN BUILDING 310 South 4th




BUILDINGS ON 5th & CONNECTING STREETS RAZED

1 2 3 4 5 Silver Dollar Saloon6 7


BUSINESS NAMES & ADDRESSES FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:
1 - REGNIER & SHOUP CROCKERY 110-112 North 5th
2 - HALL ABSTRACT 116-118 North 5th
3 - DOWNTOWN SKELLY STATION 501 Jules
4 - SCHLITZ CAFE 5th & Edmond
5 - LEVINS LOAN OFFICE 515 Edmond
6 - SILVER DOLLAR SALOON 517 Edmond
7 - DEWEY & WHITTINGTON CONOCO 519 Jules Street


RAZED BUILDINGS THAT I DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS OF:
WAKELY'S ORANGE BAR 507 Edmond
AMERICAN LOAN & JEWELRY 509 Edmond
SILVER SLIPPER SALOON 511 Edmond
STEVER POOL HALL 511½ Edmond
PALACE SPORTING GOODS & LOAN 513 Edmond
FIVE FIFTEEN CIGAR STORE 515 Edmond
THE GRAND CAFE 519 Edmond
BEE WAYNE BAKERY 523 Edmond
ALTA'S DO-NUT & COFFEE SHOP 516 Jules Street




BUILDINGS ON 6th & CONNECTING STREETS RAZED

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32


BUSINESS NAMES & ADDRESSES FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:
1 - COSMOPOLITAN SHOE REPAIR 207 South 6th Street
2 - JACKSON FURNITURE STORE 211 South 6th Street
3 - STAR FURNITURE 213 South 6th
4 - ROYAL FURNITURE 210 South 6th Street
5 - JOHNNY'S GRILL 221 South 6th Street
6 - GREYHOUND BUS DEPOT 6th & CHARLES
7 - COOPER'S SECOND HAND & ANTIQUES 306 South 6th Street
8 - OLE MAN JACKSON FURNITURE 307-311 South 6th
9 - SAMUEL FINE SHOE REPAIR AND A BARBER SHOP 308 South 6th Street
10 - ERNEST DUNCAN BARBER SHOP 312 South 6th Street
11 - RYAN HOTEL 313-315 South 6th Street
12 - CHRIST MAGRASES USED CLOTHING 314 South 6th Street
13 - WEDDLE CARPET & LINOLEUM COMPANY 317-319 South 6th Street
14 - SANDY'S TAVERN 324 South 6th Street
15 - JUNIOR LEAGUE THRIFT SHOP 412 South 6th Street
16 - CARPET CENTER 422-424 South 6th Street
17 - KNAPPS NEW & USED 506 South 6th Street
18 - STAFFORDS FURNITURE 508 South 6th Street
19 - EARL'S WARDROBE USED CLOTHES 509 South 6th Street
20 - KNAPP'S HARDWARE 511 South 6th Street
21 - DEE JAYS 513 South 6th Street
22 - STORE WITHOUT A NAME 514 South 6th Street
23 - MILLERS TRADING POST 515 South 6th Street
24 - C & R CIGAR STORE 516 South 6th Street
25 - MILLERS USED STORE 517 South 6th Street
26 - GREEN GRILL CAFE 518 South 6th Street
27 - STAFFORD'S HOUSEHOLD GOODS 521-523 South 6th Street
28 - QUIET TAVERN 524 South 6th Street
29 - POMRANTZ MEN'S CLOTHING 622-624 South 6th Street
30 - GREEN TREE HOTEL, TAVERN, COFFEE SHOP & NITE CLUB 701-703 South 6th
31 - ST JOSEPH WHOLESALE LIQUOR 716-718 South 6th Street
32 - TURA'S 420 CLUB 420 South 6th Street


RAZED BUILDINGS THAT I DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS OF:
STAG BILLIARD ROOM 207½ South 6th Street
HESCHONG TAVERN 301 South 6th Street
EL SAVOY SALES COMPANY 303-305 South 6th Street
MEEKS BUFFET 304 South 6th Street
HERMAN & SONS FURNITURE COMPANY 305-311 South 6th Street
LEO EVELOFF CLOTHING 310 South 6th Street
KNAPP'S USED CLOTHING 314½ South 6th Street
INTERSTATE COFFEE COMPANY 315 South 6th Street
MICHAEL PREMIS BARBER SHOP 316 South 6th Street
LIEBLING FURNITURE COMPANY 318-320 South 6th Street
SANFORD DAVIS FURNISHED ROOMS 322 South 6th Street
SALVATION ARMY STORE 323 South 6th Street
BALLERINA CLUB 401 South 6th Street
EHRLIC & SONS MANUFACTURING 402-408 South 6th Street
STAR FURNITURE STORAGE 403 South 6th Street
PILCHER HOTEL 405 South 6th Street
GIBB'S BARBER SHOP 407 South 6th Street
GIBB'S SECOND HAND FURNITURE 409 South 6th Street
STAR FURNITURE & CARPET COMPANY 411-413 South 6th Street
MRS GERALDINE WRIGHT FURNISHED ROOMS 412½ South 6th Street
MIDTOWN USED FURNITURE 414 South 6th Street
SAVOY HOTEL 421 South 6th Street
SAVOY BAR 423 South 6th Street
GI JOE ARMY STORE 502 South 6th Street
BROWN'S BARBECUE 504 South 6th Street
STAR FURNITURE WAREHOUSE 510 South 6th Street
HERB'S TAVERN 512 South 6th Street
ST JOE HOTEL 518 South 6th Street
STAFFORD FURNITURE STORAGE 518-A South 6th Street
SHAFER ROOMING HOUSE 518½ South 6th Street
EAGLE HOTEL 519 South 6th Street
HARRY'S TRUCK & AUTO GAS STATION 602 South 6th Street
CULLIGAN SOFT WATER 606 South 6th Street
FARMER'S EQUIPMENT (WHOLESALE) 615 South 6th Street
STAR FURNITURE & CARPET (WHOLESALE) 619 South 6th Street
FARMER'S EQUIPMENT COMPANY (STORAGE)627 South 6th Street
QUALITY PRINTING COMPANY 628 South 6th Street
ETTLE GIFFORD'S 2ND HAND STORE 632 South 6th Street
GUY'S NUT & POTATO CHIP 631 South 6th Street
ROSEBUD WRECKING YARDS 632 South 6th Street
FARMER'S EQUIPMENT COMPANY 640 South 6th Street
A-RITE MEAT COMPANY 711-713 South 6th Street
STUPPY FLORAL COMPANY 720 South 6th Street
SQUIRES MUSIC COMPANY 726 South 6th Street
PLUMLEE BOTTLE EXCHANGE 732 South 6th Street
BAINTER CONSTRUCTION 737 South 6th Street
E-L WHOLESALE LIQUOR 742 South 6th Street




BUILDINGS ON 7th & CONNECTING STREETS RAZED

1 Downtown2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


BUSINESS NAMES & ADDRESSES FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:
1 - SCHNEIDER BUILDING 701 Felix Street
2 - FEDERAL BAKE SHOP 701 Felix Street
3 - EVERETT SHOES 703 Felix Street
4 - KNAPPS SHOES 705 Felix Street
5 - STEVE'S SHOES 707 Felix Street
6 - MODE O' DAY 709 Felix Street
7 - J. C. PENNY DEPARTMENT STORE 715 Felix Street
8 - B. F. HERR DRY GOODS 715-717 Felix Street
9 - SINGER SEWING MACHINE COMPANY 719 Felix Street


RAZED BUILDINGS THAT I DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS OF:
NIFTY STORES 701½ Felix Street
FRANK KLECAN DENTIST 709½ Felix Street
JOE ROSEN MEN'S WEAR 711 Felix Street
LaMODE 717 Felix Street
HARTIGAN & HARTIGAN OPTOMETRISTS 721 Felix Street
LUTHER FERGUSON PHYSICIAN 723½ Felix Street
JOE OPTICAN JEWELRY 725 Felix Street




BUILDINGS ON 8th & CONNECTING STREETS RAZED

Downtown1 9th & Frederick2 Downtown3 4


BUSINESS NAMES & ADDRESSES FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:
1 - ST JOSEPH SURGICAL SUPPLY 815 Frederick Avenue
2 - RUDOLPH'S RED CROSS PHARMACY 827 Frederick Avenue
3 - HOWITT BUILDING 815 Felix/814 Frederick Avenue
4 - SCHROER'S DRUG STORE 801 Felix


RAZED BUILDINGS THAT I DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS OF:
SCHULTZ STUDIOS 807 Frederick Avenue
ELLINGER SPORTING GOODS 813 Frederick Avenue
ALLEN'S SHOES 816 Felix Street
MILDRED HINES REAL ESTATE 817 Felix Street
BUSINESS MEN'S ASSURANCE 818 Felix Street
VINEYARD REALTY COMPANY 819 Felix Street
PHILLIP THOMPSON REAL ESTATE 820 Felix Street
THOMPSON PAINTS 823 Felix Street
HOLLAND FURNACE COMPANY 824 Felix Street
BUSINESS MACHINES & EQUIPMENT COMPANY 825-827 Felix Street
FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS & LOAN 802 Frederick
ST JOSEPH BEAUTY UNIVERSITY 805½ Frederick
SCHULTZ PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO 807 Frederick
COSMOPOLITAN SHOE REPAIR #2 809 Frederick
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS PAINT COMPANY 811 Frederick
ELLIOT MARSHALL INSURANCE 816 Frederick
AMERICAN AUTO INSURANCE 816 Frederick
CENTRAL SURETY INSURANCE 816 Frederick
BARROW BROTHERS INVESTMENTS 816 Frederick
BRANSON FURNACE 817 Frederick
GRAMER & BULLOCK REAL ESTATE 818 Frederick
GLEN VENABLE INSURANCE 818 Frederick
AMERICAN JERSEY CATTLE CLUB 818 Frederick
ANDERSON TYPEWRITER COMPANY 820 Frederick
DAVIS BROTHERS INSURANCE 821 Frederick
EUGENE LOYD INSURANCE 822 Frederick
FARMERS INSURANCE GROUP 822 Frederick
PEARL NU-WAY LAUNDRY 823 Frederick
ED'S TV & APPLIANCE 824 Frederick
THE BANSBACH BUILDING 825 Frederick




BUILDINGS ON 9th & CONNECTING STREETS RAZED

1 2 3 4 Downtown5 6


BUSINESS NAMES & ADDRESSES FOR THE ABOVE PHOTOS:
1 - GARD BUSINESS UNIVERSITY on 9th Street - between Felix & Frederick
2 - PLATT COLLEGE 9th & Frederick
3 - BEST-ALL DRY CLEANERS 903 Frederick
4 - NEW YORKER CAFE & TAVERN 923 Frederick
5 - MARSHALL & DUNN 9th & Frederick (Possibly the Platt College building)
6 - G.G. THOMPSON WALLPAPER & PAINT 108 North 9th Street


RAZED BUILDINGS THAT I DO NOT HAVE PHOTOS OF:
FIVE CORNERS BAR & GRILL 901 Frederick
JOSEPH MARSHALL DENTIST 903½ Frederick
MODEL SUPPLY SHOP 905 Frederick Avenue
QUALITY SEWING MACHINE COMPANY 907 Frederick
PONY EXPRESS BARBER SHOP 907a Frederick
MELROSE MARKET 909 Frederick Avenue
CARL'S GOLDEN GLOW BEAUTY SHOP 909 Frederick
RING SIDE GRILL 915 Frederick
CIVIC CENTER NEWS STAND 917 Frederick




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ASSORTED URBAN RENEWAL DESTRUCTION PHOTOS

Downtown St Joseph was once a thriving and very busy part of the city

The Urban Renewal Program of the 1970's removed over 100 of the buildings

Many buildings were vacant and in despair, however many non-replacable historical buildings were also razed

Urban Renewal created many parking lots and empty lots. It forced many business owners into early retirement

A few businesses moved their business to other locations such as the Belt Highway, East Hills Shopping Center or other downtown locations

Multi-level parking garages were constructed where many buildings once stood, but the upper levels were closed off as they were found to be unsafe. The top level of one garage had been considered for repair or total removal

A few structures have been restored or are currently in the process of being restored

Photo #3 - Market Square
Photo #4 - Market Square
Photo #5 - Market Square
Photo #6 - Market Square
Photo #7 - Howitt Building
Photo #8 - Howitt Building
Photo #9 - Howitt Building
Photo #10 - Noma Lites building being imploded
Photo #11 - Noma Lites building being imploded
Photo #12 - Bob Madget Construction razing the Schneider building May 29, 1975
Photo #14 - St Joseph News-Press photo showing numerous removed structures
Photo #15 - 1975 St Joseph News-Press photo - razing of the Schneider Building - 701 Felix







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RAZING OF THE HOWITT BUILDING

Numerous committes fought to save the unique Howitt building during Urban Renewal but they failed to save it from the wrecking ball

An unsafe and rarely used city parking lot now occupies this location




ASSORTED AERIAL VIEWS OF ST JOSEPH
(PAST AND PRESENT)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41

GREAT AERIAL VIEWS OF THE CITY FROM ONE END TO ANOTHER

Photo #9 is a very interesting photo, it shows a lot of features
The photo was taken before East Hills was built
The view is looking north from 40th & Faraon, the KFEQ tower visible
The Belt Highway & Woodbine (then a dirt road) are the main N & S streets
Frederick Avenue and Faraon Street are the main E & W streets visible
Some visible businesses are:
Snow White, Bill & Jim's 66, Skateland, Leblond High School and Kroger
The Pony Express motel can be seen at Belt & Frederick
The large empty area north of the KFEQ tower is where East Hills would be
Two gas stations are visible, one on each side of the Belt, west of the empty field
Flinchpaugh's Pet shop & Zoo is visible right above the KFEQ tower
A small private airfield is visible in the top right corner
Back then, there were not very many businesses along the Belt Highway

Photo #1 - Aerial view prior to Urban Renewal
Photo #2 - 1923 Aerial view of downtown
Photo #4 - 1966 Aerial view of 9th & Frederick area
Photo #5 - 1968 Aerial View of St Joseph
Photo #6 - 1890 Aerial View of St Joseph
Photo #7 - 1926 Aerial View of St Joseph
Photo #8 - Aerial view of downtown St Joseph
Photo #9 - There is a lot to see in this photo
Photo #10 - Looking NW, centering on 32nd & Messanie area
Photo #11 - Central High School and the city track
Photo #12 - Corby Pond, parkway and little league ballpark on Marion
Photo #13 - Looking southeast, the Sears & Roebuck visible at 22nd & Messanie
Photo #14 - Centered on Bartlett Colored school at 18th & Angelique
Photo #15 - Centered on old Municipal Swimming Pool at 27th & Angelique
Photo #16 - Central High, Tennis Courts, Track & Noyes Swimming Pool. Sears store in bottom left
Photo #17 - Continental Can Company (CANCO) on Ajax Road
Photo #18 - Continental Can Company (CANCO) on Ajax Road
Photo #28 - 1936 Aerial view of downtown
Photo #29 - 1954 Aerial view of downtown
Photo #30 - 2011 Aerial view of downtown
Photo #31 - Postcard
Photo #32 - 1998 Aerial, I believe that is the Casino boat that's visible
Photo #33 - 1980 Aerial view of downtown, from a 1980 National Geographic Magazine
Photo #34 - 2015 Aerial view - Main Post Office at bottom center
Photo #35 - 1940's aerial view of the Howitt Building on Frederick
Photo #36 - 1940's aerial view - County Court House area
Photo #37 - 1940's aerial view - 6th Street
Photo #38 - 1940's aerial view - Main Post Office, Missouri & Electric Theaters are easily located
Photo #39 - 1950's aerial view - 10th & Frederick Avenue
Photo #40 - 1950's aerial view - Flat iron building across from City Hall at 11th
Photo #41 - 1950's aerial view - Flat iron building at 10th & Frederick
Photos #9 thru 27 submitted by Phil Okonski





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DOWNTOWN STREET REPAIRS, CHANGES & MODIFICATIONS

After Urban Renewal, the city modified downtown Felix Street between 5th & 7th street into a mall. It was changed numerous times with hopes of bringing business back to downtown
They tried removing the street completely, making it into a walking only mall - that failed
They changed the traffic flow from 2 way to one way and then back again
They drastically modified 7th street between Edmond and Felix
Someone didn't have their thinking cap on, it was horrid
It was later put it back the way it was originally
They removed the parking meters, now considering reinstalling them




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