The Saint Louis Center was a mall in Downtown Saint Louis. The mall opened in 1984 to a large crowd. Since then, it became a failed experiment to bring more people in to downtown. Up until it closing in 2006, the mall suffered high crime causing people to leave it and go else where. When the Galleria was expanded and the new West County Center opened, The mall crashed as it died. The mall sat vacant for over 5 years until about 2011, where it was ripped apart and made smaller then turned into a parking garage. That is right, a parking garage! The only retail in it is a movie theater and street level restaurants. No interior stores.
The bottom 2 videos show what happened to the mall in the first 2 months of renovations.
The Barretts Tunnel holds a lot of historical significance in it. The tunnel was completed in 1853 and was one of the First Train Tunnels West of the Mississippi River. Today, the tunnel is no longer in service and is now featured in the Museum of Transport.
Continuing this site's change is the introduction to projects, photos and videos, news and information. Projects tell about certain projects in the City of Saint Louis. Photos and Videos combines The Photo Gallery and The Video Gallery in one quick access page. News is a new tab that does the obvious, gives you news about projects. Information replaces Support+Info. Designs sub tabs can now be found by clicking on designs. To me, I think I cleaned up the website pretty good.
The Railway Exchange Building was once the largest office building in the World. It was also once home to Macy's which moved out 2013. Now it sits vacant as the largest vacant building in the Downtown Saint Louis Region.
Progress is steady on Barnes Jewish Hospital's nearly billion dollar campus renewal project. Phase 1 is what is under construction right now and will include the Modernist Architecture. These buildings will change the skyline of Central West End when they are completed in 2017 sometime. When phase 2 starts shortly after completing phase 1, construction will last until 2022. Phase 2 will include the destruction of Queeny Tower and a new building built there resembling the farthest left building on the animated image. The project also goes with the growing change in the Central West End area. The entire Central West End Area has seen the largest construction growth the city has had since the 1970's-1990's. Some of the more notable buildings being built in the area is Ikea, City Target, and a new office tower that will mainly be owned by BJC healthcare systems. There are also multiple residential projects in that area, one of those projects is bringing along the cities first Whole Foods Market. Also, a technology based district Cortex is headquartered in this area. Cortex is what I think a small silicon valley in the Mid West.
This area is what I believe becoming the new place to be as businesses and people move out of downtown and into the county and urban suburbs of the city. Even though Clayton is a great place to move from Downtown, they don't have everything like Central West End. Central West End has restaurants, hotels, offices, residential, hospitals, banks, shopping and entertainment with some fancy stores. Everything you need to have a amazing area to hang out in. More projects will continue to pop up around that area in the future and it will continue to bring people into the city.
This is the new Saint Louis and I am happy to be living in this growing city!
Below are multiple photos and videos just to show a few of the largest projects in the Central West End area.
Design can include multiple meanings. Design is most often referred to in this site as Architectural design. The design of buildings and structures. But what about everyday objects? Cars, Clothes, Phones, etc. These all have a part in design. Most recent new designs outside of Architecture is 4 new Apple products (iPad Pro, Apple Watch, iPhone 6s and the New Apple TV). These 4 objects have excellent design out side of architecture and are very solid. That is the key to all designs, they have to be solid, not weak and flimsy, unless you want something like this to happen-
The Vianney Cure of Ars began demolition on 9/8/15 and is moving along nicely. However, a question came to my mind. Because the building is being wrecked, how much different will the campus look with out it? The answer is it will change the look of the school. Because of how the building looked made the school look older, now that it is going away it will make the school look much newer. Is it a significant change? Yes it is because it changes how the campus looks.
The gloomy cloudy and rainy days today and yesterday is perfect for this time. It is the end of a Era which was with Vianney from Day 1 and is now going away. Part of Vianney's history is going away and in a couple of years will fade from our memory. As work continues, paring by the Cure of Ars is not recommended because of debris falling from the building. It is a dangerous area there and is a hard hat area. Pictures I take as you can see are taken from a distance from the orange fence. The present of possible asbestos in the air scares me, so I take a quick picture and speed walk away. I don't know what is going in place of the Cure of Ars if anything goes there. I will keep posted on what happens there on that site. -Chris Stritzel