They sure had all sorts of great ideas in the 1960s about how they were going to revitalize downtown, and pretty much none of them worked. They’re either demolished, abandoned, bought out in corporate mergers or forgotten. Just look at all the vacant land in the heart of a major metropolis.
The Stouffer’s Riverfront Inn was quite the exciting place when it first opened, I’m told. It’s built on the site of George Schneider’s Washington Brewery, and it created one of the two super blocks that wall off the river from the rest of downtown.
It was part of a chain operated by a division of Litton Industries, and was the largest of nine in the Stouffer Chain when it opened in 1969.
I hate round hotels, and round skyscrapers in general. They create weird shaped rooms that are awkward and ultimately have less space than rectangular rooms. I remember when my friends and I went to a mutual friend’s wedding in Seattle and one couple stayed in a round hotel downtown. I remember thinking their room was terribly laid out and strange. The cosmetic renovations can’t hide bad design. Plus, these round hotels were built in the 1960s, and they’re now officially old and worn out. Illinois’s medium-sized cities seem to all be scarred with a squat ugly round building from the 1970s.
Just read the on-line reviews for the Millennium Hotel (its last name) in the final years of its operation–its proximity to Busch Stadium was not enough to keep it in business. People like good deals, but not with that much black mold. The last I checked somebody in Hong Kong owned the complex. They probably have never even been to St. Louis, and that is why they bought it. I thought someone said it was slated for demolition. Fine with me.
In what is a rarity in St. Louis, the air rights were sold over the north wing of the hotel, and the office building that houses Deloitte. was built over the top.
The hotel rooms were even kept in operation underneath the new building.