About the Arcade Building Renovation & Gateway Campus

History of Old Post Office Square Redevelopment Effort

  • The redevelopment of Old Post Office Square has long been recognized as critical to the vibrancy of downtown St. Louis.
  • In 1997, there were more than 70 vacant buildings in the downtown area, with 11 of them in the immediate vicinity of the Old Post Office.
  • Today, there are fewer than 10 buildings empty in the downtown area.
  • A request for a proposal (RFP) was issued in 1998 to see if there was any interest in restoring the Old Post Office.
  • Webster University was the only organization to reply. Webster University moved into the Old Post Office in 2004 and has a lease to be there through 2019.

About the Webster University Gateway Campus

  • Webster University will be the main tenant of the Arcade project. It will build 12 classrooms, 2 computer labs, an art museum, a 175 seat auditorium, 25 private offices, a café and 38 underground parking spaces. Webster’s portion of the project is expected to cost about $6.1 million. Webster will call the location the “Webster University Gateway Campus.”
  • Programs that initially will be offered at the Webster University Gateway Campus include a master’s in Cybersecurity, MBA and other business courses, classes for first responders, and Webster’s undergraduate degree completion program. Other proposed programs and activities being considered include an art museum and a downtown lecture and performance series.

History of the Arcade Building

  • The Arcade restoration project is expected to cost $116 million. This will be the largest project managed by Dominium Development in St. Louis.
  • The Arcade building has 19 stories, including the mezzanine. Webster will use the ground level, mezzanine and second story. The rest of the building will be apartments.
  • The Arcade building is actually two buildings that were joined together approximately a century ago. The first building, the 19-story Wright Building, was completed in 1906. In 1919, the Arcade Building was built around the Wright Building with 14 stories on one side and 16 stories on the other, and the two were joined together.
  • The keystone to this complex was the building’s two-story vaulted arcade which extends from Pine and Olive Streets and was used as one of the first indoor shopping malls in the United States.
  • Much of the original Gothic terra cotta moldings will be restored in the project. Other features that are historically of interest – such as old business signs or windows – may also be restored and kept in the building.
  • The entire structure was designated a city landmark in 1980 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.
  • Arcade building wiki

About Dominium Development

  • Dominium Development is the developer of the project.
  • Ebersoldts + Associates is the local architectural firm hired by Dominium to oversee the restoration of the Arcade building.
  • Dominium Development is based in Minnesota. It was founded in 1972.
  • Dominium Development currently owns or manages 22,000 units in 22 states.
  • www.dominiuminc.com 

About Trivers Associates

  • Founded in 1975 in St. Louis
  • The firm is best known for its historic renovations and urban transformations of nationally significant projects. The firm has successfully completed hundreds of iconic buildings—new and old – including the Old Post Office in St. Louis, the Westin Hotel at Cupples Station in St. Louis, the Hipolito F. Garcia Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas, the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in University City, various nationwide locations for the American Cancer Society, Umrath Hall at Washington University in St. Louis and the new school of Art & Design at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
  • Will be used by Webster University to design its space in the Arcade Building.
  • www.trivers.com