Both a city landmark and a National Historic Landmark, The Arcade is situated in the heart of the central corridor of historic downtown St. Louis. In 1913 it was named for the spectacular two-story interior rib-vaulted shopping arcade. Historically inspired by the galleries of Milan and Naples, The Arcade is one of St. Louis’ best examples of a Gothic Revival skyscraper.


Client: Watkins Building Group
Type: Affordable-Creative Reuse
Size: 204 units, 170,000 SF
Affordable housing design

Historic Preservation

After being abandoned for decades, the project re-opened in 2016 as artist lofts and multi-family luxury residential housing. The units have tall loft-like ceilings and spacious living areas. Polished concrete and high-end kitchens are highlighted within the units. The amenities support the community and include artist studios among the historic corridors. Also featured are a fitness room, yoga studio, steam shower, sauna, theater, club room, rooftop game room, catering kitchen, and spectacular 19th floor rooftop terrace and party room with panoramic views of the city