Forest Park Hotel

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Forest Park Hotel
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Forest Park Hotel is located in Missouri
Forest Park Hotel
Location 4910 W. Pine Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri
Coordinates 38°38′29″N 90°15′44″W / 38.64139°N 90.26222°W / 38.64139; -90.26222Coordinates: 38°38′29″N 90°15′44″W / 38.64139°N 90.26222°W / 38.64139; -90.26222
Area 1.2 acres (0.49 ha)
Built 1923
Architect Preston J. Bradshaw, George D. Barnett, Jr.
Architectural style Renaissance, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 84002632[1]
Added to NRHP March 22, 1984

The Forest Park Hotel is a six-story building located in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The six-story building was built in 1923 and is made of reinforced concrete with red brick curtain walls trimmed with terra cotta. Following the early success of the hotel, a seven-story addition was built in 1926 that closely follows the design of the original building. A one-story stone and glass addition was added to the building's northeast corner in the 1960s.

The original building was designed by Preston J. Bradshaw, a prominent St. Louis architect who also designed the nearby Chase Park Plaza Hotel, Mayfair Hotel, Lennox Hotel, and Coronado Hotel. The center wing addition was designed by George D. Barnett, Jr. and includes several small private dining rooms of considerable architectural interest.[2]

The Forest Park Hotel was once famous for the Circus Snack Bar nightclub located in its ground floor retail space fronting Euclid Avenue. During the nightclub's heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, it was run by local hotelier and businessman Harold Koplar and hosted performers such as Liberace, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughan.[3][4]

In 1983, restaurateur Harold Butler, founder of the restaurant chain Denny's, bought the Forest Park Hotel and performed $7 million in renovations. Financial trouble, however, led to the building's sudden foreclosure and vacancy in December 1990.[5]

In 2003, a private development group renovated and converted the long dormant Forest Park Hotel for $20 million into a 115-unit apartment building.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Inventory - Nomination Form". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 22 March 1984. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  3. ^ O'Connor, Candace (2005). Meet Me in the Lobby: the Story of Harold Koplar and the Chase Park Plaza. St. Louis, MO: Virginia Publishing Co. ISBN 1-891442-32-5. OCLC 60502351. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Nightclub Drew Celebrities, But Debts Piled Up". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 11 December 1990. p. 15A. 
  5. ^ Bryant, Tim (18 December 1990). "Way Is Cleared For Hotel's Foreclosure". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  6. ^ "City of St. Louis Development Activity: Forest Park Hotel". City of St. Louis. Archived from the original on 19 May 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Prost, Charlene (26 June 2002). "New Lofts Will Go Up in the CWE". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  • Goodman, Adam (14 August 1988). "Inn-trigue Charges Fly In Hotel's Bankruptcy". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  • Sonderegger, John (15 September 1989). "Forest Park Hotel Benefits From The End Of The Chase". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  • Prost, Charlene (4 July 2001). "New Life Awaits Forest Park Hotel". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

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