In St. Louis, Landmarks Are Given New Life As Fine Hotels

By on October 4, 2018

From Forbes:  These days the traffic flow on plenty of downtown St. Louis streets is restricted by construction barriers in front of busy work sites. But the work is thankfully not about tear-downs of historic buildings as continues in many major cities (talking to you, NYC), but a restoration of this city’s downtown that has seen its ups and downs over decades.

Just this past summer, St. Louis celebrated the rebirth of its most famous landmark, now known as the Gateway Arch National Park (this reporter’s story here). And that great event came just in time for a boom in boutique hotels taking place in the city, with a good dozen properties currently in the works. According to a local news source, “more than $400 million is currently in play,” with the good news being that developers and hoteliers are repurposing some of St. Louis’s fabulous late-19th and early-20th century architectural gems. 

A young Tennessee Williams once worked at the stately headquarters of the International Shoe Company where his father was in management. Anyone passing by the Washington Avenue building of late would find the site abuzz with heavy equipment, and admire how the side street facade nicely still bears the handsome engraving of the original Roberts, Johnson & Rand Shoe Company.

Soon, guests can expect to book there into The Last Hotel, the name being a play on that foot-form tool used by cobblers and cordwainers. Conversion of the ten-story 1905 building on the National Register of Historic Places is a reported $47 million project.

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