I found some old pictures my family took from the Arch back in 1986-7; in the upper left, you can see the Cupples Warehouses sitting vacant. The first Kiener Plaza, now demolished, was just starting construction. The ash trees are… Continue Reading
Designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassebaum, the Gateway Tower opened in 1966.
The block containing the Arcade-Wright and Paul Brown Buildings is the only block with completely preserved historic office buildings. The masterfully restored Arcade-Wright Building, with its distinctive shopping arcade, is one of the most important renovations in the last decade.
I caught the Security Building in the morning light and saw new details I had never noticed before. Take a look at this historic office building, finished just before the dawn of the new era with the completion of the… Continue Reading
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.