KFUO radio began in the 20's, the oldest Christian radio station in the country and one of the earliest of any stations. In 1926 the station built its studio building on the campus of Concordia Seminary where it stands today. While it is on seminary grounds, the building is owned by the LCMS. The broadcast of KFUO now originates in the LCMS synod headquarters in Kirkwood so the building has been empty for several years. For most of its decades both the AM and FM stations broadcast here. Now only the AM exists under Lutheran auspices.
The synod made the decision this summer to raze the venerable old building which is still, from the outside, beautiful. Although some discussions were had over what could be done with this building, there never was an option which would justify the cost of renovation or all the many new regulations regarding buildings these days. A month ago the asbestos was removed which had to come before any demolition. This week all that is necessary is for the city of Clayton to sign off on the work and it looks like it will be Thursday.
Yesterday I walked around and took some last pictures of this history with a construction fence surrounding it.