THE ARCADE BUILDING
The Arcade Building was originally constructed as two separate buildings: The Wright Building in 1906 and the adjoining Arcade Building in 1919. At the time of its initial completion, this was the tallest concrete structure in the world, as most of the steel in the US was being used in World War I. This site became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, representing the “Gothic Revival” architecture style.
The Arcade Building is a 500,000 sq. ft. complex in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. PARIC’s renovation of this 19-story historic site features 282 total units, including 201 artist lofts, 81 market units, a street-level art gallery, three floors of underground parking, and three lower-level floors occupied by Webster University. Because the Arcade building was the largest vacant building in Downtown St. Louis, there was a lot of local anticipation for re-purposing the project. This was met with 100% tenant occupancy before the grand opening, offering low-income housing.