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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Wicke Auto Body Building Burns

One of the two historic buildings occupied by Wicke Auto Body in the Central West End burned this afternoon in a spectacular blaze. The 1920s-era one-story brick garage building with steel bow-truss roof is located in the 400 block of Newstead just south of Olive Street.

Television station KMOV has raw footage here here.

(Thanks to Andrew Faulkner for the alert.)


LisaS said...

Oh my. I had planned to take my Mustang over for some work while I'm gone ... glad I didn't!

Joe said...

That is so sad... I hope he rebuilds. I was just driving (yes, driving) by there the other day on the way to an event at Wohl Recreation Center, and thought "Wow, that's still in business after all these years and all the ups and downs of this stretch of Olive."

While the new houses are a great addition to the area, sometimes I'd like us to preserve more of the commercial and industrial heritage of Midtown, when it's salvageable.