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ST. LOUIS, (SLFP.com), October 21, 2007 - After sitting vacant for decades, the historically registered Ely & Walker Dry Goods warehouse at 1520 Washington Avenue in St. Louis has re-emerged as the sophisticated Ely Walker Lofts.
Built in 1917, the 372,300-square-foot masonry building was designed by world-renowned architects Eames & Young. Chicago-based Orchard Development Group is the developer for the building's conversion to a 174-unit condo building.
Clayco and architect Forum Studio Inc. worked with Orchard to develop a plan that restored the building's architectural integrity while also infusing modern residential design and convenience. For example, 97,200 square feet of brick and terra cotta exterior was cleaned and tuck pointed to bring out the building's original beauty, while 24 custom-designed balconies were added as an extra amenity.
There is retail space on the first floor of the building, so the atrium begins at the second level and extends through the roof of the building, culminating in two skylights separated by the central elevator shaft. In order to create the atrium, Clayco removed a 160-by-30-foot section from the roof down through the second floor. Clayco preserved as much of the original wood floors from these sections as possible to cover the freight elevator shaft, which was located in prime unit space along the perimeter of the building.
"The most spectacular feature of the Ely Walker Lofts is a six-story clerestory atrium that was added at the center of the building to increase natural light for interior units," said Bob Fritz, Clayco's project executive. "The atrium also was the most challenging aspect of the project, but the end result made it well worth the effort."
Within several blocks of the Ely Walker Lofts, the old Garment District on Washington Avenue has seen a resurgance of renovation energy with nearly every building being converted into residence living including: The Ventana, 1635 Washington Ave.; Washington Avenue Apartments, 1133 Washington Ave.; Nadira Place, 1200 Washington Ave.; The Tudor Lofts, 1901 - 1037 Washington Ave.; Roberts Arcade and Lofts, 1224 Washington Ave.; Skyhouse, 1400 Washington Ave.; The Concord (formerly St. Louis Centre), 600 Washington Ave.; The Laurel (formerly Dillard's), 601 Washington Ave.; Adler Lofts, 2035 Washington Ave.; The Avenida, 1235 Washington Ave.; Banker's Lofts, 901 Washington Ave.; Bee Hat Lofts, 1023 Washington Ave.; the Bogen, 1209 Washington Ave.; Dorsa Lofts, 1215 Washington Ave.; Denim Lofts, 1308 Washington Ave.; Fashion Square, 1307 Washington Ave.; Garment Row Lofts, 1312 Washington Ave; Jewel Condominiums, 1511 Washington Ave.; Grace Lofts, 1324 Washington Ave; Lucas Lofts, 1123 Washington Ave.; The Meridian, 1136 Washington Ave.; The Monkey Building, 1430 Washington Ave.; Motor Lofts, 2201 Washington Ave.; 2020 Lofts, 2020 Washington Ave; ArtLoft, 1531 Washington Ave; Windows Lofts, 1601 Washington Ave; Railway Lofts, 1619 Washington Ave; Bodega Lofts, 1216 Washington Ave; the MW Club, 2220 Washington Ave.; Paristyle Lofts, 1517 Washington Ave; Lofts @ Jack Thompson Square, 1204 Washington Ave; McGowan Lofts, 1223 Washington Ave; University Lofts, 1627 Washington Ave; and, Wright Buildings, 1918 - 1920 Washington Ave. For more information about downtown living, call 314-436-6500.
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