Many of the old buildings in downtown St. Louis still possess their original lobbies, some of which are breathtaking. Below is the lobby of the Paul Brown Building, recently restored as condominiums. The stucco work is fantastic in this building, and more importantly, the lobby is lined with shop spaces–in direct contradiction to Modernist buildings with their barren fortress like first stories.
Other buildings, such as the Union Trust and Arcade buildings feature beautiful lobbies. The Arcade is now being renovated into luxury condominiums. I can’t wait to see the shopping arcade restored to its former glory.
Update: The Arcade-Wright’s rehabilitation was completed in September 2015.