Downtown St. Louis hotel to be the Last

The Last Downtown St. Louis Hotel Might Be The First. 

Of the three — maybe four — smaller hotels planned for downtown St. Louis, the Last downtown St. Louis Hotel might be the first to welcome guests.

The Last is scheduled to open in fall 2017 in the former home of International Shoe Co., at 1501 Washington Avenue. Fe Equus Development, of Milwaukee, plans to redo the building as a 140-room hotel with bars and a rooftop deck with a pool.

Tim Dixon, owner of Fe Equus, said Thursday he researched the building’s shoe-centric history to determine a name for his hotel. He chose Last, which is the term for the foot-shaped form cobblers use to make and repair shoes.

“The Last Hotel,” Dixon said. “Think about it. Welcome to the Last Hotel, a first-class experience.”

Designed by Theodore Link, the architect of Union Station, the International Shoe building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Fe Equus plans to use historic preservation tax credits to help pay for the $47 million Last Hotel project.

Features planned for the Last include a top-floor lounge behind the tops of the columns that define the building’s exterior. The first floor will get a food and beverage outlet “somewhere between a bar, a cafe and a restaurant,” Dixon said.

Last Hotel construction should begin this fall, said Paul Giacoletto, a project executive for Paric Corp., the contractor.

“We look forward to the opportunity of sharing our expertise with Tim and his team and having our name attached to such a unique and exciting project,” said Giacoletto, adding that construction will take a year.

PARIC, one of the largest privately held St. Louis-based companies, pairs their unique construction management approach and negotiated general construction techniques to take projects beyond expectation. Offering customers the opportunity to Experience. Excellence. in every phase of the build. Established in 1979, PARIC specializes in commercial and interiors, education, healthcare, historic and urban redevelopment, hospitality and entertainment, municipal, science and technology, senior living, and sports complexes. For more information about PARIC visit, or follow them on Twitter at @ParicCorp.

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