In early November, the diminutive neo-formalist bank building at 7520 Forsyth Boulevard — shown here standing its ground against encroaching high-rise development — bit the dust. The straw-strewn site of what was built as the St. Louis County National Bank's Auto Bank in 1970 no doubt will lure new development, while marking the failure of Clayton to review demolition at all.
Clayton has no historic preservation ordinance at all, so while the AAA and owner of the "flying saucer" were denied demolition in the City, owners of similar landmarks in the second downtown can demolish with impunity.
If the clustered concrete columns oft the little bank do not strike your eye's fancy, perhaps the streamline curve of the 1948 Samuel Marx-designed Famous-Barr store across the street does. Or the International Style mass of Harris Armstrong's award-winning Shanley Building of 1937 a few blocks away. the owners of these buildings also could demolish them at any time without public review, under Clayton's current system.