Evan Stovall, of Oakville, Missouri, tricks across a flat rail while skateboarding on Dec. 11, 2021, in the former St. Liborius Church in St. Louis’ Old North neighborhood. St. Liborius, which closed nearly 30 years ago, was bought and turned into a community arts center and nearly block-long indoor skatepark.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — St. Louis is a town of believers: in traditions, in community and, perhaps most especially, in second chances.

That grace is extended to its buildings as well as its people.


Young performers rehearse in 2020 in the Staenberg Performance Lab at COCA. The space, originally home to the B'Nai Amoona Jewish congregation, had previously been COCA's theater.

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