Take A Peek Inside Arcade Apartments
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.”
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.”
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.
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