Both a city landmark and a National Historic Landmark, The Arcade is situated in the heart of the central corridor of downtown St. Louis. In 1913, it opened as a spectacular two-story, rib-vaulted shopping arcade which was historically inspired by the galleries of Milan and Naples. The Arcade remains one of St. Louis’ best examples of a Gothic Revival skyscraper, with BKV Group extending its life as an affordable housing development.


Client: Watkins Building Group
Type: Affordable-Creative Reuse
Size: 204 units, 170,000 SF
Affordable housing design

Historic Preservation

After being abandoned for decades, the project re-opened in 2016 as artist lofts and multi-family luxury residential housing. The units have tall loft-like ceilings and spacious living areas. Polished concrete and high-end kitchens are highlighted within the units. The amenities support the community and include artist studios among the historic corridors. Also featured are a fitness room, yoga studio, steam shower, sauna, theater, club room, rooftop game room, catering kitchen, and spectacular 19th floor rooftop terrace and party room with panoramic views of the city