Eliot School (4242 Grove St., St. Louis, MO 63107) is a 50,000 sq. ft. facility, which was built in 1898. William B.
Ittner, architect, designed Eliot School and 58 other St. Louis Schools. His innovative designs also include other notable St. Louis buildings: The Continental Insurance Building, the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and the Missouri Athletic Club. Eliot School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. It closed in 2004.
William Greenleaf Eliot, the namesake of Eliot School, was the grandfather of T. S. Eliot and co-founder of Washington University. He was instrumental in starting the St. Louis Art Museum.
Jubilee Community Development Corporation (JCDC, formerly Jubilee Christian Development Corporation, a non-profit 501(c)3 entity) is purchasing Eliot School from the City of St. Louis with the closing set for June 22, Turner Foundation has been organized with the intent of being the Supporting Foundation of JCDC and with the purpose of leading the effort to raise $20M to renovate Eliot School.
Generally, the plan includes renovating Eliot School to become a community wellness center in a poverty-stricken area of the City of St. Louis. The renovation should also provide a neighbourhood place of growth and
Hope for some or all the following:
- An Outpatient Treatment Clinic for Opioid, Alcohol and other Drug Additions
- A facility for providing Mental Health Counselling
- A medical clinic
- A place for Community events
- Transitional Living Programs
- An institute for confronting and eliminating racism
- Job Training Programs
- Job Placement and Programs to assist in transporting workers to job sites
- Expanded JCDC Programs such as:
- Nat Turner Trucking
- Turner House
- Victory Over Bondage
- Jubilee Services
- Jubilee Trucking Academy