ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A building that collapsed on another in the Hyde Park neighborhood of north St. Louis on Monday destroyed area history and forced a family out of its home.
The building collapse happened at the corner of 20th and Bremen streets.
According to Alderman Freeman Bosley, Sr., the building was once a popular bakery, but for the last two years it’s been slowly collapsing.
“I had hoped that before it ever got to this point that we would be able to get somebody to take an interest in rehabbing this building,” Bosley said. “We started out on the Breman Theatre, that was part of the plan, we had massive plans."
However, those plans never panned out. Instead, part of the roof collapsed Monday morning onto a building next door where someone was living.
The city says it prefers not to tear down historic buildings. But after what happened on Monday in Hyde park, it seems there is no choice.
The building adjacent to the one that collapsed suffered damage to its roof, windows and privacy fence. The city says its insurance will pay for that.