Friends of the San Luis is a coalition of architects, historians, architectural aficionados, and city-lovers who believe that, with some imagination and common sense, the San Luis Apartments can once more be a vibrant, contributing resource to the Central West End. Too many historic buildings in the city of St. Louis have fallen due to short-sighted leadership – some of the more prominent examples include the Century Building, the Ambassador Theatre, and Real Estate Row. We believe that St. Louis’ renaissance will not happen through the proliferation of parking lots, but through the rehabilitation of our existing architectural assets. St. Louis must stress these unique gems rather than throw them away; they are our greatest competitive advantage.
The San Luis is one of the most imaginative and distinctive mid-century modern high-rise structures in the city and a major contributor to the urbane and diverse street scape of Lindell Boulevard. As one of the most dynamic neighborhoods in the St. Louis, the Central West End cannot afford to lose a building of this caliber for such a wasteful, anti-urban use as a surface parking lot. This plan, at the expense of our city’s architectural heritage, creates a dead zone at a key intersection while discouraging the pedestrian appeal of the neighborhood.
Friends of the San Luis is dedicated to spreading awareness of the building’s importance, increasing the community’s appreciation of mid-century modern architecture, and preventing the folly of razing yet another important building for parking. We believe that as citizens we deserve better, and have the right to demand the best from those institutions and agencies who are the stewards of our shared architectural heritage.