Hotel Jefferson (St. Louis, Missouri)

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Hotel Jefferson
Hotel Jefferson (St. Louis, Missouri) is located in Missouri
Hotel Jefferson (St. Louis, Missouri)
Location 415 N. Tucker Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Coordinates 38°37′57″N 90°11′50″W / 38.63250°N 90.19722°W / 38.63250; -90.19722Coordinates: 38°37′57″N 90°11′50″W / 38.63250°N 90.19722°W / 38.63250; -90.19722
Area 1.4 acres (0.57 ha)
Built 1904 (1904), 1928 (1928)
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 03001066[1]
Added to NRHP October 24, 2003

The Hotel Jefferson is a historic hotel in downtown St. Louis, in the U.S. state of Missouri. The hotel opened to serve visitors to the 1904 World's Fair and was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson.

The original east half of the building was built in 1904, designed by Barnett, Haynes & Barnett; the Classical Revival structure features terra cotta decorations. The Democratic National Convention was held at the hotel in 1904 and 1916.

In 1928, an addition designed by the firm Teich & Sullivan was placed on the west side of the hotel, doubling its capacity and adding two banquet rooms. The Jefferson Plaza Garage was added to the hotel in the same year; the garage includes elements of the Art Deco and Tudor Revival styles. The garage helped to alleviate St. Louis' downtown traffic congestion and serve visitors with cars; the Hotel Jefferson is the only historic downtown hotel with its own original parking garage.

The hotel hosted conventions and celebrities in the city for the next two decades and was recognized by Gourmet magazine as "one of the best hotels in St. Louis".[2] The hotel was sold to Hilton Hotels in 1950, and then to the Sheraton Corporation in 1955, becoming The Sheraton-Jefferson.

The hotel closed in the 1970s and reopened as a residence for the elderly called the Jefferson Arms Apartments in 1977.[2] In 2006, developers cleared the building of residents and planned to convert it to condominiums; however, the building remains vacant.[3]

The hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 24, 2003.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b Stiritz, Mary M.; Laura Johnson (May 2003). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Hotel Jefferson". National Park Service. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bryant, Tim (March 16, 2012). "Jefferson Arms project is dealt a setback". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved January 8, 2013.