Designed by Klipstein and Rathmann and completed in 1930, the Civil Courts Building was probably one of the last generation of major Beaux-Arts buildings in America. Its form is based off the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, with an extended base but… Continue Reading
Easily one of the largest and tallest of downtown’s historic core, the Syndicate Trust is one of my favorite buildings in the city. Restored several years ago, it looks ready for another one hundred years.
I don’t despise this building, but it was part of a larger plan that ironically was never completed. Its owners forced the demolition of the Ambassador Building, and the crumby, small parking garage could be replaced with more beneficial retail… Continue Reading
The slender Mayfair Hotel, now a member of the Magnolia chain, strikes a narrow profile in downtown St. Louis. But it’s a very beautiful building, with some similarities to the other hotels that popped up here in the Early Twentieth… Continue Reading
The Railway Exchange in October 2015 is largely vacant.
The Continental Building represents the end of the historic office buildings of St. Louis, in my opinion. After this, the Great Depression came, and after the war Modernism too over. Read about the Continental at Built St. Louis.
The final creation of Preston Bradshaw, what is now known as Lindell Towers West, was completed in 1927 for Pleitsch and Price. This building is probably the most unique of three; it violates and borrows from several styles of architecture,… Continue Reading