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Fans hope to save house once lived in by Chuck Berry from demolition

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Many people are hoping to save this north St. Louis house that Chuck Berry lived in from 1950-1958. Credit: KMOV Many people are hoping to save this north St. Louis house that Chuck Berry lived in from 1950-1958. Credit: KMOV
NORTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

Following Chuck Berry’s death, there is concern that a home he lived in for nine years may be torn down.

Berry lived a home in the 3100 block of Whittier in the Greater Ville neighborhood from 1950-1958. It is said he wrote dozens of songs at the house.  The home is now abandoned and falling into disrepair.

Many fans have been stopping by the home since Berry died on Saturday to lay flowers or take pictures. Someone hung a card on the front door that says “Thanks for all the fun.”

Neighbor Elton Parks says conversations with Berry were very run of the mill and friendly. After Berry moved out, he would sometimes invite people from the neighborhood to him home in St. Charles County.

“He would invite people from the neighborhood to come down and swim in the pool,” said Cheryl Walker, Parks’ daughter.

Many fans would like to see the house saved from demolition.

“I look at this house and I get sad. It looks rough right now, but so well built that even the home could lose the roof, have windows smashed, but still have solid walls,” said historian Chris Naffzinger. “Chuck Berry is world famous, history happened in that house. I think St. Louis should preserve this important role that St. Louis played in world history.  This city needs to brag more, don’t be ashamed of your world famous artist.”

The home is on the list of the Nation Register of Historic Places.

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