Pink House Firsts

January maintained its pivotal nature at the Pink House.  The last gatherings of 2012 set a tone for the possibilities in this New Year.  The Pink House, an arts-based venture with Beyond Housing, is beginning to stick as a unique meeting place, each week convening creative neighbors and resources that continue to identify the local priorities. We ended… Learn More

May Volunteer Day & BBQ in Hyde Park

On Saturday, May 19, we had the first of our May volunteer work days at 1415 Mallinckrodt in an attempt to get the building ready for our first summer of programming in the space. It was a hot day, but we managed to get a lot of valuable work done thanks to our dedicated helpers,… Learn More

1415 Mallinckrodt Welcomes First Resident!

While the renovation of our building at 1415 Mallinckrodt is not fully complete, we are happy to welcome artist-designer-builder Tim Balon for the month of May as our first resident in the space! Tim is a multi-talented designer based in San Francisco, but has roots in both Saint Louis and Chicago, where Theaster and myself… Learn More

T.O.P. Students Celebrate The Crate

Wednesday, February 29th, we had a lot to celebrate.  Normandy School District middle schoolers participating in the Wyman Teen Outreach Program (T.O.P.) after school, had invited friends, family and other community leaders to share in what they’ve learned from their experience so far this year.  Wyman T.O.P.  is a national initiative integrated into schools and… Learn More

Hello from the Salerno House!

Hello from Pagedale, a city in St. Louis County and home to one of Rebuild’s youngest collaborative initiatives.  My name is Gina and I am the coordinator in residence at the The Salerno House.  The House, currently named for its place on Salerno Drive, is a space in conversation with its neighborhood.  Rebuild was initially… Learn More

3619 Blair Nears Completion

As 2012 gets underway, we’re keeping plenty busy putting the finishing touches on our building renovation at 3619 Blair in Saint Louis. This location will serve as out main headquarter space and residence, as well as being a space for communal meals, small exhibitions and performances. We’ve moved out of our former space at 2010… Learn More

Urban Expressions – Fall 2011

Our Fall session of Urban Expressions began last Saturday with students from Most Holy Trinity school in Hyde Park Saint Louis. Teaching artist and Rebuild Foundation programmer Dayna Kriz led the students in activities around gathering artifacts as well as placing time capsules throughout 1415 Mallinckrodt before all the wall coverings are in place. With… Learn More

St. Louis Late Summer Updates

While activity has slowed down on the programming side of things here at Rebuild in St. Louis, progress on construction at 1415 Mallinckrodt and 3619 Blair is moving steadily along. We now have gutters and downspouts on 1415 that will not only help protect the building, but will make harvesting rainwater much easier once we… Learn More

Rebuild Retreat

Over a few days during the first week of August, Rebuild practitioners-in-residence from both St. Louis and Chicago traveled to Wisconsin for a few days of conversation, swimming, eating, more conversation, and visioning around what Rebuild has done over the past few months, and what we are poised to do moving forward. Once we got… Learn More

St Louis Summer Recap: What comes next?

Things have quieted down again here on Mallinckrodt Street.  On any given day in July, if you happened to be driving down Mallinckrodt Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Saint Louis and passed by a red brickfaced building just off the corner of Mallinckrodt and N 14th Street, you would have witnessed a group… Learn More

CityStudioSTL- Somethingness: Ways of Seeing and Building

CityStudioSTL is the culmination of a group of people with different backgrounds, interests, and histories who want to re-develop a sense of community in an under-resourced and overlooked St. Louis neighborhood.   The CityStudioSTL summer course, sponsored and administered by Washington University and the Pulitzer Foundation, challenged graduate students to imagine how community based initiatives… Learn More

Urban Expressions | Set Design Wrap-Up

This summer marked the first partnership for Urban Expressions between students from the Most Holy Trinity and Bethlehem Lutheran Church communities. As part of the architecture and design program, students from both communities designed and created the sets for Bethlehem Lutheran’s production of The Wizard of Oz. We started by watching the original movie and… Learn More

Urban Expressions | Stewardship

On the Friday before the 4th of July weekend, the Urban Expressions students painted several benches that will be installed in the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church‘s garden. It was another hot St. Louis summer day, but we worked in the shade and produced some inspiring designs.  Afterwards we enjoyed milkshakes from Crown Candy Kitchen and some basketball…. Learn More

Urban Expressions | Photography #2

During our second week working with the kids in the Urban Expressions program, we organized the kids in teams to share the cameras we have available. We headed north from their school along Blair Avenue, visiting sites (and looking at and seeing sights) along the way. The range of conditions to be found in the span of… Learn More

Construction at 3619

Fred and his team dismantling the back wall of 3619 over the weekend.  

Rebuild Garden at 1415

This past weekend, Rebuild Saint Louis built its first container vegetable garden at 1415 Mallinckrodt, the site of our future pottery studio and administrative office.  The side yard at 1415, a grassy patch occupied by a forlorn-looking rose bush became the site of our gardening experiment. A simple wooden box frame constructed from two 2… Learn More

Urban Expressions | Photography #1

Our program has begun! The kids are totally psyched and I’ve already got them taking pictures. In addition to working with Canon Powershot digital point-and-shoot cameras, each day I bring in a different camera to show them.  The first day they all got to try out my Nikon DSLR. The second day I brought in… Learn More

on craftsmanship: revealing and recognizing power

The local electricity provider will position the temporary power output on our property and guide the voltage with subterranean or elevated lines. A long strand of coated cable will run through dirt or air, slicing something physical or imaginary (sometimes both), and entering the building serpentine. When this happens, when the line breaches the worn… Learn More

on craftsmanship: consider the chimney

We are a nation of creators, and this identity materializes daily in the builders and craftsmen within our communities. The easy ones to recognize are the electricians, plumbers, masons, carpenters, and welders. These are the managers of the spark, burn, and fitting of the world. Piece by piece. These master fabricators are, in some ways,… Learn More

Rebuild participates in vacant property summit in Hyde Park

Rebuild is excited to be participating in Open/Closed, a forum on vacant property hosted March 18-19, 2011 at Old North Restoration Group in Old North and Holy Trinity Church in Hyde Park. Organized by NextSTL with lead curation by RJ Koscielniak and NextSTL editor Alex Ihnen, the forum invites participants to critically discuss the crisis… Learn More

Rebuild concludes second Saturday School session

Saturday marked the conclusion of our second Urban Expressions session through a reunion exhibit and reception, bringing together alumni of the spring program with the current students. Sean Thomas of Old North Restoration was kind enough to allow us to use Old North’s offices on 14th St. to install and host our art exhibit of… Learn More