The Largest abandoned building in Downtown Saint Louis is the Railway Exchange Building. It reminds us of another time, when Downtown Saint Louis was growing fast and needed more office space. When built, it housed the Flagship Famous-Barr store and when Macy's purchased Fanous-Barr in 2006, the buildin changed to Macy's. The building always had a train window display on one of the corner Windows. When the Macy's store closed in 2013 going from 12 Floors to 2 Floors, the building closed too. Now abandoned it is time to think of another purpose for the building. One that will be transformative as well as innovative. The vision I have will be grand and amazing and will be one that will not be forgotten if done.
The building is 21 floors, pretty tall for the time it was built in. However this "monument" to architecture has been left out of all the development in Downtown. This can change it. Macy's needs to move back in to the building. It was built by Famous and Barr which became Macy's which would only be fitting to the building itself. However this Macy's would be 6 floors rather than 12. Floors 7-15 would be Offices for whatever company owns the mall and Kiener Development. 16-19 would be a Hotel and 20-Roof would be home to Residences that would be huge. Because the building has been abandoned for so long, the building needs work. Work would include...
1. Washing of the Exterior
2. New Windows when needed
3. Renovation of the inside of the building
4. Rooftop construction
In the past, big ideas have been planned for the building, some maybe to large to accomplish. Some ideas included making it all apartments and a Stadium. The problem with the apartments is that the building is to big for that and they will never be filled. The stadium has a problem because it is not logical. You can not just go in and gut almost 12 floors and hope the rest above stay put, the building would collapse in on it self. That is why my idea is most logical keep the building and design but Repurpose it as a new place where anyone would want to go to. I place the price tag on this one at about $75 Million