Take A Peek Inside Arcade Apartments

By ALIVE Staff
In Style

Painters, Photographers and Musicians and other artists of the St. Louis region: Arcade Apartments is welcoming you home. Opening in December in the heart of Downtown, Arcade is making waves as the premier location for creatives in our city to build their nests. We caught up with the creators of Arcade and a few future residents (including our own Elizabeth Tucker!) to learn why this historic building should be on everyone’s radar.

“This December, I’ll be among the first residents at Arcade Apartments,” says ALIVE Co-founder and Publisher Elizabeth Tucker. “The building’s history, thoughtful design and bold commitment to artists will make this Downtown’s newest hub for creative entrepreneurs.”

Clockwise from lower left: vintage rattan armchair, Future Ancestor; wicker baskets, Big Bend Antique Gallery; rattan end table, Treasure Aisles Antique Mall; coffee table by Attilio D’Angostino; midcentury chrome & leather loveseat, Future Ancestor; salvaged door entertainment center, designed and built by Attilio D’Angostino; ‘60s, ‘70s & ‘80s vintage record setup, Record Exchange; Ero Saarinen womb chair, MoMod- erne; midcentruty Danish modern teak dining table & chair set, South Jefferson Mid Century Modern; kartell plastics sofa by Piero Lissoni & Carlo Tamborini, Centro Modern Furniture; REGOLIT arc floor lamp, IKEA; vintage brass & glass end table, Future Ancestor. All artwork, William Shearburn Gallery. All plants, Flowers & Weeds.

Clockwise from lower left: vintage rattan armchair, Future Ancestor; wicker baskets, Big Bend Antique Gallery; rattan end table, Treasure Aisles Antique Mall; coffee table by Attilio D’Angostino; midcentury chrome & leather loveseat, Future Ancestor; salvaged door entertainment center, designed and built by Attilio D’Angostino; ‘60s, ‘70s & ‘80s vintage record setup, Record Exchange; Ero Saarinen womb chair, MoMod- erne; midcentruty Danish modern teak dining table & chair set, South Jefferson Mid Century Modern; kartell plastics sofa by Piero Lissoni & Carlo Tamborini, Centro Modern Furniture; REGOLIT arc floor lamp, IKEA; vintage brass & glass end table, Future Ancestor. All artwork, William Shearburn Gallery. All plants, Flowers & Weeds.

 

A huge part of Arcade’s mission is fostering a creative community Downtown. Residents will enjoy access to more than 11,000 square feet of shared artist studio spaces. Just a few examples of the innovative Arcade amenities are its performance studio with cushioned hardwood floor, soundproof music practice rooms, sound-attenuated music and multi-media studios, photography studio, large paint and flex studios, and a pottery kiln.

“Although I’ve lived in St. Louis County my entire life, I’ve never lived in Downtown St. Louis,” says Tina Bearden, a Project Manager for Anheuser-Busch. “I like the idea of being around creative people. Feeding off of other people’s energy opens me up to other possibilities. The Arcade is 100 years old and an important piece of history. I’m excited to be living here.”

The creators of Arcade realize that the flow of artistic expression is often fueled by the outside world. That’s why they chose a historic building that sits close to public transit, restaurants, sports arenas and theaters. Residents of Arcade Apartments will be able to enjoy a night on the rooftop terrace with panoramic views, find their center in the Zen yoga studio, or charge their spirit in the large fitness center.

“I would say that our favorite part of the restoration is the arcade space itself,” says architect Paul Hohmann. “It has been very gratifying to restore its original luster, including the hand-painted faux tile ceilings, original retail storefronts, the plaster detailing and the recreation of terra cotta brackets that went missing a long time ago. It’s restoring the historic fabric that’s been lost over time. When it reopens, Arcade Apartments is going to transform this portion of Downtown.”

area rug, Tucker’s own; coffee table redesigned from vintage ’80s office furniture, designed and built by Attilio D’Agostino; salvaged driftwood log and air plants, Flowers & Weeds; rattan end table, Treasure Aisles Antique Mall; midcentury chrome & leather loveseat, Future Ancestor; Artwork: “White Rose II,” 2012 lightjet print mounted to plex 40x68 inches by Andrew Millner, William Shearburn Gallery; white vintage mac- rame plant hanger, The Green Shag Market.

Area rug, Tucker’s own; coffee table redesigned from vintage ’80s office furniture, designed and built by Attilio D’Agostino; salvaged driftwood log and air plants, Flowers & Weeds; rattan end table, Treasure Aisles Antique Mall; midcentury chrome & leather loveseat, Future Ancestor; Artwork: “White Rose II,” 2012 lightjet print mounted to plex 40×68 inches by Andrew Millner, William Shearburn Gallery; white vintage macrame plant hanger, The Green Shag Market.

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Midcentury Danish modern teak dining table & chair set, South Jefferson Mid Century Modern; mid- century candle holders, Future Ancestor; vintage wooden & galvanized steel drawer repurposed as flower box, Flowers & Weeds; birch bark flower pot, Flowers & Weeds; blue and white asymmetric macrame wall hanging, original artwork by Hillary Bird at Wabisabi Textile Co.

custom reclaimed-wood shelving, designed by Attilio D’Agostino and finished by RL Johnson & Sons Furniture Co.; vintage wooden canister, Big Bend Antique Mall; dried flowers, Michaels; hand-carved wooden bust in berry basket, Flowers & Weeds; hand-carved wooden vase, Warson Woods Antique Gallery; vintage white ceramic watering jug, The Green Shag Market; blue cotton towels, Tucker’s own.

custom reclaimed-wood shelving, designed by Attilio D’Agostino and finished by RL Johnson & Sons Furniture Co.; vintage wooden canister, Big Bend Antique Mall; dried flowers, Michaels; hand-carved wooden bust in berry basket, Flowers & Weeds; hand-carved wooden vase, Warson Woods Antique Gallery; vintage white ceramic watering jug, The Green Shag Market; blue cotton towels, Tucker’s own.

 

With a mission as powerful as nurturing artists, the developers of Arcade know an aesthetically pleasing build-out was paramount. Historic marble hallways lead to apartments with 14-to 20-foot ceilings, panoramic windows and some with private balconies. In-home laundry, efficient HVAC engineering throughout, underground parking, a carwash system and electric car charging stations add safety and efficiency to an already well-equipped space. To say that the Arcade creators kept the resident in mind when designing the space is an understatement; Arcade Apartments truly stands out.

Whether you call yourself an artist or are simply interested in basking in the buzz of creativity, Arcade Apartments has a space for you. An excellent selection of one-and two-bedroom luxury suite apartments is available for December or January, with monthly rent beginning at $1,075. Those interested in renting are invited to visit arcade-apts.com to view floor plans and pricing.

“39: 18: 54. 1N 106: 58: 54.7W” (pink/orange detail) 2005 by Andrew Millner, William Shearburn Gallery; custom platform bed fabricated from a salvaged 19th century warehouse fire door, designed by Attilio D’Agostino with engineering & fabrication by Regan Young at Junque; bedding & pillows, Tucker’s own; mid- century dresser refinished by Brian Leenig, owner of Future Ancestor, Future Ancestor; midcentury lamp, Future Ancestor; Artwork: Untitled (Landscape), 1989 oil on canvas 41x49 inches by Joe Andoe, William Shearburn Gallery; hand-carved marble rhinoceros, Tucker’s own; midcentury chair, Future Ancestor.

“39: 18: 54. 1N 106: 58: 54.7W” (pink/orange detail) 2005 by Andrew Millner, William Shearburn Gallery; custom platform bed fabricated from a salvaged 19th century warehouse fire door, designed by Attilio D’Agostino with engineering & fabrication by Regan Young at Junque; bedding & pillows, Tucker’s own; mid- century dresser refinished by Brian Leenig, owner of Future Ancestor, Future Ancestor; midcentury lamp, Future Ancestor; Artwork: Untitled (Landscape), 1989 oil on canvas 41×49 inches by Joe Andoe, William Shearburn Gallery; hand-carved marble rhinoceros, Tucker’s own; midcentury chair, Future Ancestor.

orange clay flower pot, reclaimed stump, and birch bark flower pot, Flowers & Weeds; midcentury desk and gooseneck lamp, Future Ancestor; Bertoia chair, MoModerne; midcentury wire magazine rack, Mesa Home; midcentury wood hanging lamp, Treasure Aisles Antique Mall.

Orange clay flower pot, reclaimed stump, and birch bark flower pot, Flowers & Weeds; midcentury desk and gooseneck lamp, Future Ancestor; Bertoia chair, MoModerne; midcentury wire magazine rack, Mesa Home; midcentury wood hanging lamp, Treasure Aisles Antique Mall.

Where to Shop:

Big Bend Antique Gallery
2337 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood

Centro Modern Furnishings
4727 McPherson Ave., Central West End

Flowers & Weeds
3201 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street

Future Ancestor
2617 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street

The Green Shag Market
5733 Manchester Ave., Cheltenham

Junque
3519 S. Broadway, Benton Park

Mesa Home
2619 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street

Momoderne
8631 Watson Road, Webster Groves

RL Johnson & Sons Furniture Co.
rljandsons.com

South Jefferson Mid Century Modern
2218 S. Jefferson Ave., McKinley Heights

Treasure Aisles Antique Mall
2317 S. Big Bend Blvd., Maplewood

Wabisabi Textile Co.
wabisabitextileco.com

Warson Woods Antique Gallery
10091 Manchester Road, Warson Woods

William Shearburn Gallery
665 S. Skinker Blvd., Wydown Skinker

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