ST. LOUIS (AP) — An iconic mural of a hippie, and the St. Louis building that held the mural, are gone from a neighborhood near downtown, and a clerical error is to blame.
The building stood in a protected historic district. The garage door mural of a hippie named Beardy McGreen, flashing a peace sign, had been something of a landmark since 2006.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1aCWNip ) reports that the building was demolished in December without the required city review because of a city employee's data entry mistake. Beardy's likeness was ripped from the building and discarded in a pile of bricks, though most of it was salvaged by a music school owner.
Breakdowns like this worry preservationists who fear the same thing could happen to other historic buildings in the city.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com