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Mon Apr 29, 2019, 04:08 AM

After The Fire: What's Next For Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum?

The owner of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in St. Louis wants to rebuild following last month's fire that heavily damaged its home near the Compton Hill Reservoir Park.

Dr. David Karpeles said he is looking into fixing the windows and roof of the former church, but the interior walls will likely not be replaced. That would leave one large room in the back half of the building.

In an email conversation this week, Karpeles said full replacement value of the space is around $5 million.

Kerry Manderbach, the local museum director, expanded on those comments. He said a couple of options are being considered. One would renovate the building into essentially a big open room. The other would involve knocking down burned-out sections and putting up a new structure.


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