It's pretty famous.
At just under 1,800 square feet, this home is a civil rights icon.
The value of this infamous home has nearly doubled in four years, while homes around it are going for $1,000, $2,000, $2,500 (just next door), $2,000, and a home just down the street sold for a whopping $500...
It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which might be the primary reason this home is valued at 661.31% more than homes in the same community...
- 4600 Labadie Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63115 is a multi family home built in 1906. The median sales price for the Greater Ville area is $64,237. The $114,196 estimated value is 661.31% greater than the median listing price of $15,000 for the Greater Ville area.Give up on what house this is?
Oddly enough, it has an appraised value of $13,400 (2016)... though Zillow claims the value of the home is $82,000.
Guess it yet?
Here's a VDare.com pictorial you might like to jog your memory...
Here's another hint. [North St. Louis house changed civil rights history, KSDK.com, 2-13-17]:
In the 1940’s, J.D. Shelley wanted the American dream in St. Louis.
“He wanted a nice place for his family to live while he was here,” said Jeffrey Copeland, Professor and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa. “There were nine of them in the family.”
In 1945, Shelley bought a house at 4600 Labadie Avenue in north St. Louis. What Shelley, an African American, didn’t know was there was a 1911 covenant barring blacks from owning the property. To block the home sale to the Shelley family, Louis Kraemer sued. According to author and filmmaker Copeland, Shelley’s legal fight to buy a home for his family changed the course of civil rights in the United States, via the U.S. Supreme Court.
Courtesy of Zillow, we see the property value near the Shelley house in North St. Louis... a hilarious reminder of the consequences of desegregation: black people depreciating home values (the free market reacting to social dysfunction, crime and negative social capital created by blacks)
“Shelley v. Kraemer was actually one of the more milestone rulings in the history of this country,” said Copeland.
Prior to 1948, blacks in St. Louis and throughout the U.S. could rent property, but racial covenants often prevented African Americans from buying real estate.“As of 1945 through 1948 when these events took place, people could be denied where they lived because of their race, color, creed, national origin,” said Copeland.
“In this particular case, the covenant was specifically designed to keep African Americans out of the community.”
Although it took multiple court cases, the Shelleys prevailed.
“Mr. and Mrs. Shelley eventually do win in court. They win in St. Louis Civil Court.
They lose at the Missouri Supreme Court, then they win at the United States Supreme Court,” said Copeland. “And when they win, people are overjoyed. This is a major victory. This literally changed the face and color of America.”
The winning attorney in Shelley v. Kraemer was the NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall, who went onto become the first African American Supreme Court justice.
Copeland said he is fascinated by Shelley v. Kraemer. He produced a documentary and wrote a book about the case. “Olivia’s Story” looks at Shelley v. Kraemer through the eyes of Sumner High School teacher Olivia Merriweather Perkins, who joined a group of people assisting the Shelley family with their legal battles.
“People of different races, different religions, different national origins all got together and said ‘Look, enough is enough. This is an inequality that we cannot let stand,’” said Copeland. “They put themselves on the line without regard for their own personal safety. They decided they were going to stand up and say ‘This is going to change and we’re going to do it.’”
Copeland said Shelley v. Kraemer inspired civil rights activists for decades to come.“Once Shelley v. Kraemer was on the books, then people started looking at other injustices as well and they weren’t as afraid to get up and say ‘We see what they did in St. Louis. Now you know what? It’s our turn.’” said Copeland.
Copeland debuts his documentary on Shelley v. Kraemer Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum.
It turns out the first black couple to move onto Labadie Avenue, J.D. and Ethel Shelley, purchased the long-celebrated (it's a National Historical Landmark after all...) "Shelley House" for $5,700 in 1945.
The neighborhood was 100 percent white until this transaction, which of course was illegal due to the restrictive covenant placed on the property.
But that was 69 years ago.
Located in zip code 63115, 4600 Labadie Avenue is in an area that is now nearly 100 percent black.
It wasn't but 69 years ago two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World World II; but the end of World War II saw the birthing of a new nation...
Today, the "Shelley House" has an appraised value of $13,400.Consulting an inflation calculator (God Bless the Internet), we learn that a house valued at $5,700 in 1945 would be worth $76,899 in 2017 dollars; and yet the Labadie Avenue property at 4600 is appraised by the city of St. Louis for $13,400 in 2016.
We call this the Visible Black Hand of Economics and the precise reason why restrictive covenants existed: to protect white people, their posterity and their civilization from the consequences of blacks.
As we move further into the future and the consequences of the great American experiment to prove race really is a social construct fails magnificently, the horrific reality becomes clear: the racists were right all along.