Volunteer Work Day at 1415 and Rebuild at Saint Louis Artists’ Guild

November was a busy month for us here at Rebuild in St. Louis. In addition to our ongoing Urban Expressions program with Saturday School at Most Holy Trinity, we’ve been working extra hard on our two building projects in an attempt to get more programs up and running in our own spaces in the new year.
Over at 3619, we’ve got all of our building services up and running, and interior finishes and trim are slowly making their way in.

rebuilt side porch at 3619 allows tons more light and won't sink into the ground anymore!
rebuilt side porch at 3619 allows tons more light and won’t sink into the ground anymore!
The back wall, once a collapsing mass of bricks, is now taking shape clad in cut-up and remixed plywood that used to board up the windows
The back wall, once a collapsing mass of bricks, is now taking shape clad in cut-up and remixed plywood that used to board up the windows
trimming out the windows with re-purposed plywood and OSB
trimming out the windows with re-purposed plywood and OSB

Meanwhile, over at 1415 Mallinckrodt, we had a couple of really great volunteer work days that CityStudioSTL participants from over the summer helped us to organize. With a never ending to-do list, the help was very much appreciated, and volunteers worked on everything from caulking and sealing exterior wood, to putting our garden to bed for the winter, to advising on a nagging foundation issue.

Alicia conquers her fear of the nailgun, attaching a crucial piece of the garage door frame that will help seal up the wall
Alicia conquers her fear of the nailgun, attaching a crucial piece of the garage door frame that will help seal up the wall
Katie painstakingly cleans the brick walls before sealing them
Katie painstakingly cleans the brick walls before sealing them
Alicia and Malia put the finishing touches on caulking the weatherstripping around the garage door
Alicia and Malia put the finishing touches on caulking the weatherstripping around the garage door
Akaysha and Margaret pick through the copious amounts of green cherry tomatoes from our rather unkempt raised bed garden.
Akaysha and Margaret pick through the copious amounts of green cherry tomatoes from our rather unkempt raised bed garden.

The day was capped with another set of films curated by Michael Allen from the Saint Louis Public Schools archive. We enjoyed  a short horror story, a film about bread, a film about VD, and of course, a film about the proper preparation of eggs.

Michael Allen setting up his projector in the second floor mezzanine
Michael Allen setting up his projector in the second floor mezzanine

We set up in the second floor mezzanine area and enjoyed Cornerstone pizza and a couple growlers of beer from Six Row Brewery. Thanks to Malia and Six Row for the beer, and of course to Michael for providing the delightful selection of films.

Check out Michael’s blog entry about the evening here, and a set of photos from the volunteer day here.

And last but not least, Rebuild Foundation is honored to be apart of the current exhibition at the Saint Louis Artists’ Guild, Sustainability and the Built Environment of the Saint Louis Region, which is part of their Aggregate Series. We have ephemera from the last year of programming as well as artifacts and documentation from 1415 Mallinckrodt.

Our installation at the Artists' Guild
Our installation at the Artists’ Guild

You can read more about the show, which runs through January 7th, on the Artists’ Guild website here.

 

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