New signage to accent Soulard’s history

Joe Denten, owner of Precision Engraving, installs the first sign of the Historic Signage Project series.

Joe Denten, owner of Precision Engraving, installs the first sign of the Historic Signage Project series.

The Residential Promotion Committee of the Soulard Restoration Group is working to install a series of signs throughout Soulard on historically and/ or architecturally significant buildings. The goal is to recognize and celebrate the history of the neighborhood, the oldest surviving residential neighbor- hood in the City of St. Louis.

The project has the approval of the St. Louis Board of Preservation and the Office of Cultural Resources and funding is provided by SRG, in continuance of its goal to preserve, enhance and beautify Soulard.

The signs will be 16- by 14-inch stainless steel, laser-engraved with a short, informational vignette and dates for each site. They also will be labeled Soulard Historic District.

The plan is to provide about 30 signs initially, to develop a brochure including the sites, to make the information available online at Soulard.org, and to encourage visitors to recognize that Soulard is an intact neighborhood of “living history.” Locations of signage span the Soulard historic district, including the Soulard Market, Sts. Peter & Paul Church, St. Elizabeth’s Settlement Home, the Phillip Schneider House, the Louis Obert Mansion, the Lion House, the Dr. Artz Mansion and many more.

The Residential Promotion Commit- tee thanks the Board of Preservation, the Office of Cultural Resources, 7thWard Alderman Jack Coatar and 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, for their support.

Soulard is like no other place, it is unique, and packed with history — let’s celebrate it.

Perhaps it was best stated at the Board of Preservation meeting as the members granted their unqualified support: the only question posed to the presenting committee was, “What took you so long?”