Preston J. Bradshaw

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Preston J. Bradshaw
Born 1884
St. Louis, Missouri
Died 1953
Nationality American
Buildings Bellerive Apartment Hotel
Brown Hotel
Roberts Mayfair Hotel
Paul Brown Building

Preston J. Bradshaw (1884–1952) was one of the most eminent architects of St. Louis, Missouri, during the 1920s. Among his numerous commissions as an architect, he is best known for designing hotels and automobile dealerships in the region. Like many hotel architects of his time, he eventually moved into the actual operation of hotels, becoming owner and operator of the Coronado Hotel in St. Louis.[1]

Biography[edit]

Bradshaw graduated from Columbia University. This was followed by a period working in the office of architect Stanford White in New York City, after which he was a drafter for the Commissioner of Public Buildings of St. Louis.[2] Later Bradshaw opened his own office as an architect.

Notable commissions: Before 1920[edit]

In chronological order by opening date.

  • Drake Plaza (1915), 3307 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri, also known as Plaza Hotel, and Drake Hotel, six stories.[2][3] Originally a hotel, the building is now used as apartments.
  • Autocar Sales and Service Building (1917), 2745 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri, two stories. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4] Autocar was a small manufacturer, and after it ceased operations in 1923, the building was occupied by a succession of other auto-related businesses.

Notable commissions: 1920s[edit]

In chronological order by opening date.

Notable commissions: 1930s[edit]

In chronological order by opening date.

  • Robert A. Young Federal Building (1933), 1200 Spruce Street, St. Louis, Missouri, 10 stories with a 20 story tower. It had initially been built as a warehouse for the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis, and was acquired by the federal government in 1941.[9]

Notable commissions: 1950s[edit]

In chronological order by opening date.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bradshaw, Preston J. (December 1929). "Making Hotels Financially Productive". Architectural Forum 51 (6): 715–722. 
  2. ^ a b Wafer, Deborah B. (1985). "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form: Plaza Hotel Complex" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Emporis / Preston J. Bradshaw". Emporis. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  4. ^ Baxter, Karen Bode; Ruth Kenoy and Timothy P. Maloney (2006). "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form: Autocar Sales and Service Building" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  5. ^ Michalak, Joan A. (1979). "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form: Bellerive Hotel" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  6. ^ Josse, Lynn; Stacy Sone (2002). "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form: Paul Brown Building" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  7. ^ Stiritz, Mary M. (1986). "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form: Vesper-Buick Auto Company Building" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  8. ^ Stiritz, Mary M. (1984). "National Register of Historic Places - Nomination Form: Lenox Hotel" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  9. ^ "Robert A. Young Federal Building". U.S. General Services Administration. 2009-06-12. Retrieved 2009-08-05.