ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– A big piece of St. Louis history is being reduced to little pieces.
For decades, the old black and white cinder block building at the corner of Hampton and Berthold in West St. Louis was the home to thousands of living color broadcasts on KTVI-TV.
But just after 7:00 A.M. Thursday, wrecking crews used an excavator to start tearing the building apart.
For Arnold Spirtas, whose wrecking company has led some of the largest demolition projects in St. Louis, saying goodbye the old building was emotional because it was his company that saved the building when the tower came crashing down in the tornado of 1959.
“We only took it down part way down to where it was 40 foot above grade and then we were called back several years later to take that part down so we have an ongoing relationship with this,” Spirtas said. “It’s a romance.”
Don Marsh, now a talk show host on St. Louis Public Radio, worked at KTVI for 23 years, as a reporter, anchor and even news director.
It’s also where he met his wife, and where for the first time, he met John Danforth, in the men’s dressing room.
“He was attorney general then before he was senator and I of course knew who he was and he was a giant of a guy and he said can I borrow your makeup?”
Because the sign remained on the building long after the station`s studios moved to Maryland Heights, a lot of people assumed it was still located on Berthold Avenue, but actually KTVI moved in with sister station KPLR back in 2009.
Now, the corner of Hampton and Berthold will be a TriStar Imports Mercedes dealership.
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