Landmarks Association on the San Luis

Landmarks Association, St. Louis’ longtime preservation advocacy organization, argues the merits of preserving the San Luis Apartments:

The Board of Directors of Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. urges retention and rehabilitation of the former de Ville Motor Hotel at 4483 Lindell Boulevard. Designed by Colbert, Lowery, Hess & Boudreaux of New Orleans and completed in 1963, the building is a strong example of mid-century modern architecture. Through curvilinear forms and differentiation of wall materials, the hotel possesses a striking geometric presence. With covered parking placed in the rear away from Lindell Boulevard, the Hotel de Ville promotes the pedestrian-friendly quality of the Lindell streetscape.

Additionally, the building is a complementary member of a collection of modern buildings around the intersection of Lindell and Taylor, including Lindell Terrace to the west, the Archdiocesan Chancery to the east and the Optimists’ Club building to the south. Most recently, the San Luis Apartments, the building maintains the street wall on Lindell, enhancing the context of the Cathedral. Loss of the buildings for a surface parking lot would dramatically demean this context. Thus, the Board emphatically opposes the creation of a surface parking lot on Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End Historic District.

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