This building, like many older office buildings in downtown St. Louis, received a Modernist slipcover in the 1950s or 60s, its owners now ashamed of its historic architecture. The slipcovers have started to come off these old buildings, revealing often well-preserved if often shaved off facades. In this case, the building is from 1886
Even with some of the ornament not replaced, it’s still a great example of a now incredibly rare type of commercial building in downtown. Many were swept up in the building of larger office towers in the Twentieth Century.