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Before-and-After Pictures of St. Louis Show City’s Growth over the Last 8 Years

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The Gateway City has come a long way in recent years thanks to revitalization efforts. As the 58th most populous city in the U.S., St. Louis is challenged with managing growth while maintaining the city’s rich history.

Innovation through the Years

Once a major trading post, St. Louis has continued to attract industry over the years and is now home to a large diversity of businesses, from healthcare and manufacturing to retail and financial services. Among other big-name companies that have chosen to set up shop in the city, Swedish furniture retailer IKEA opened the doors of its high-profile, 380,000-square-foot store in the Midtown Cortex Innovation Community on September 30, 2015. Spread over 21 acres, the facility will bring approximately 300 new jobs to the area.

Supported by a growing economic sector and high demand for city living, construction activity has been picking up in several neighborhoods around St. Louis, particularly in the downtown area which is covered in office towers and high-rise condominium complexes. The mixture of historic and new gives the city a unique charm that we tried to capture in a cool then-and-now slideshow which we have put together using Google Street View images.

Without further ado, here are the 9 most interesting developments that have been completed in the last 8 years, giving the city of St. Louis a new architectural identity.

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1. Tower at OPOP, Downtown West

Year built: 2014

This high-rise is home to 128 luxury apartments and penthouse lofts with convenient access to the heart of the Central Business District. Residents enjoy perks such as a club room and terrace, garage parking, and discounts at neighborhood shops and restaurants. When it opened its doors to residents in 2014, the tower was the first new residential building to have been built in downtown St. Louis since the 1960s.

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2. Barnes-Jewish Center for Outpatient Health, Central West End

Year Built: 2012

Built to provide healthcare for St. Louis residents who couldn’t otherwise afford it, the Barnes-Jewish Center for Outpatient Health at 4901 Forest Park Ave contains five clinics. The 12-story building provides walkway access to the Barnes-Jewish Center for Advanced Medicine and the Forest Park/Laclede parking garage.

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3. Nine North Euclid, Central West End

Year Built: 2009

With a combination of apartments and condominiums, the Nine North building at 9 North Euclid Ave, includes a fitness room, an outdoor hot tub, and pool. The building also features ground-level retail, including Qdoba Mexican Grill, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, and Massage Luxe.

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4. 3949 Lindell Apartments, Central West End

Year Built: 2008, Reconstructed in 2013

After a 2012 fire completely destroyed 3949 Lindell Apartments, the building was rebuilt and reopened. Today the building offers 197 apartments and primarily serves as off-campus housing for students at St. Louis and Washington Universities.

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5. Public Radio, Grand Center District

Year Built: 2012

The home of St. Louis Public Radio includes three state-of-the-art classrooms, nine broadcast studios, and office and community space. The $12 million project was funded through public contributions and a $2 million donation from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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6. North Sarah Development, Vandeventer

Year Built: 2014

A key component of the 2000 North Central Redevelopment Plan that was developed by the City of St. Louis, North Sarah Apartments is a multi-phase, multi-family, mixed-use development located between Midtown and Central West End. With the first and second phases now complete, North Sarah consists of 223 mixed-income rental homes and approximately 12,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. The housing units are geared toward revitalizing the neighborhood while also providing affordable housing to families.

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7. Moonrise Hotel, West End

Year Built: 2009

Billing itself as a “boutique hotel,” the eco-friendly Moonrise Hotel features a Las Vegas-style neon sign and an open-air rooftop bar that appeals to the young. The hotel is located in St. Louis’ vibrant historic district known as The Delmar Loop, at 6177 Delmar Blvd,and features unique amenities like a 20s-style movie theater and a retro bowling alley.

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8. Union Club, Lafayette Square

Year Built: 2009

In 1896, a tornado destroyed the Union Club. Nearly 113 years later, builders completed a new Union Club, modeled and named after the original building. Construction was already underway in 2007 when the first photo was snapped. Today the Union Club features 39 apartment units and commercial tenants.

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9. Grand South Senior Living, Gravois Park

Year Built: 2008

Built exclusively for people 55 years of age and up, these senior apartments feature all of the amenities residents need within walking distance. A grocery store is across the street and banks, drugstores, restaurants, and shops are close by.

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As St. Louis continues to revitalize itself, residents are enjoying downtown living. What is your favorite addition to the St. Louis skyline?

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Amalia Otet

Amalia Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for PropertyShark. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time.

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