$44M Lab Redevelopment for Cortex Printing Plant

By on January 11, 2018

From NextSTL:  The Cortex Innovation Community plans a $44 million multi-tenant renovation of the historic printing plant most recently known as the Crescent Building at 4340-50 Duncan Avenue. With a recommendation from the St. Louis Development Corporation, the City’s Tax Increment Financing Commission is expected to approve a $5 million TIF for the project at its meeting today.

Plans call for 96,000 square feet of affordable laboratory, shared lab, and creative office space. Users will include the district’s graduating incubator and accelerator tenants. The vacant concrete and brick structure is adjacent to the modern DuPont building on the block west of Cortex Commons.

The three-story St. Louis Post-Dispatch Rotogravure printing plant was built in 1930 for $300,000. A four-story lift tower rises at the northeast corner of the building. Double height windows bring light into the vast second floor. Clay tile trims the edge of the roof.

The firm of Mauran, Russell & Crowell was the architect. In 1914, that firm had designed the Railway Exchange Building downtown — best known as the flagship of the May Company’s Famous-Barr, later Macy’s. John Lawrence Mauran went on to serve two terms as president of the American Institute of Architects. But the late 1920s and early 1930s was the firm’s most significant period. The firm designed the Federal Reserve Bank building in 1923, Union Market in 1924, the Police Headquarters in 1927, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat building in 1931 and the Federal Courts building downtown in 1932. Mauran died unexpectedly in 1933.

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