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David Gajeski, with Gencorp Services uses a torch to cut down a section of flooring on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, that was left over from the previous occupants of the International Shoe Co. building in downtown St. Louis. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation has started in the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. 15, 2018, that was left over from the previous occupants of the International Shoe Co. building in downtown St. Louis. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation has started in the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. building on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation of the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. that last housed the Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts which closed in 2012. It will become “The Last” (as in the tool used in shoemaking): A restaurant and bar complemented by a boutique hotel. building at 1501 Washington Ave. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation of the 10 story structure last housed the Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts which closed in 2012. Fe Equus will convert it to “The Last” (as in the tool used in shoemaking): A restaurant and bar complemented by a boutique hotel. building and the City Museum is photographed on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation of the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. that last housed the Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts which closed in 2012. It will become “The Last” (as in the tool used in shoemaking): A restaurant and bar complemented by a boutique hotel. building at 1501 Washington Ave. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation of the 10 story structure last housed the Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts which closed in 2012. Fe Equus will convert it to “The Last” (as in the tool used in shoemaking): A restaurant and bar complemented by a boutique hotel. 15, 2018, that was left over from the previous occupants of the International Shoe Co. building in downtown St. Louis. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation has started in the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. 15, 2018, that was left over from the previous occupants of the International Shoe Co. building in downtown St. Louis. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation has started in the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. 15, 2018, that was left over from the previous occupants of the International Shoe Co. building in downtown St. Louis. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation has started in the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. building on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation of the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. that last housed the Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts which closed in 2012. It will become “The Last” (as in the tool used in shoemaking): A restaurant and bar complemented by a boutique hotel. building at 1501 Washington Ave. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation of the 10 story structure last housed the Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts which closed in 2012. Fe Equus will convert it to “The Last” (as in the tool used in shoemaking): A restaurant and bar complemented by a boutique hotel. building at 1501 Washington Ave. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation of the 10 story structure last housed the Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts which closed in 2012. Fe Equus will convert it to “The Last” (as in the tool used in shoemaking): A restaurant and bar complemented by a boutique hotel. 15,
polo ralph lauren wholesale Developer wants to turn International Shoe building into hotel with rooftop pool
2018, that was left over from the previous occupants of the International Shoe Co. building in downtown St. Louis. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation has started in the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. building in St. Louis.

Constructed in 1909 and designed by Union Station architect Theodore C. Link, the historic structure’s steel frame and stone columns makes it just the kind of stout, turn of the century warehouse Dixon relishes transforming into a destination for both tourists and locals.

“We could use it for a hotel or we could park a tank on every floor,” Dixon joked Monday, as construction crews behind him were just starting to bring the 10 story building at 1501 Washington Avenue back to life.

The developer has opted for a hotel branded as “the Last,” a reference to the shoemaking tool and a nod to the building’s history as International Shoe’s headquarters. The marketing opportunities are irresistible, too: How was your Last night? Your Last drink. Your Last experience?

Originally from Milwaukee, Dixon, through his Fe Equus Development company, has taken on similar projects, often in warehouse districts near a city’s downtown. In Milwaukee, he turned another old warehouse into the Iron Horse Hotel, just down the street from the Harley Davidson Museum. In Minneapolis, he was part of the group that turned a brick and timber warehouse in that city’s North Loop into the Hewing.

Fe Equus’s St. Louis project has been a long time coming. Dixon first purchased the building two years ago from David Jump and has been working to shore up financing since. Bank, closed just as 2017 was ending. The $54 million rehab of the International Shoe building began last week.

In about 14 months, a 143 room hotel should open. But Dixon said The Last, like his other projects, will be a destination restaurant and rooftop bar catering to “the locals.”

The building was last occupied by a charter school that officials say left in 2014. Abandoned desks and school supplies still clutter the top floor. But it’s the large windows offering panoramic views of downtown that sold Dixon on the structure.

Dixon is spending time at the library researching St. Louis history as he works to flesh out the Last’s theme and restaurant and bar concepts.

“We work really hard to find the right story and bring that local culture and local experience here,” he said.

The hotel’s roof will feature a pool and bar open to non hotel guests. He hopes to incorporate the hippo statue, peeking out over the corner of the building and visible from the street. Maybe it can sit in the pool.

He’s managed to track down 50 pairs of early 20th century shoes made by the International Shoe Co. from a Georgia woman who found the collection in a store she inherited. She has already donated about 100 or so pairs to a museum in Hannibal, where International Shoe operated its largest factory. If all goes as planned, Dixon hopes to display the vintage footwear throughout the Last.

One of a couple of foot bridges connecting of the International Shoe Co. building and the City Museum is photographed on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Milwaukee based Fe Equus Development has secured funds for demolition and reclamation of the 10 story structure at 1501 Washington Ave. that last housed the Imagine Academy of Cultural Arts which closed in 2012. It will become “The Last” (as in the tool used in shoemaking): A restaurant and bar complemented by a boutique hotel.

Dixon’s project is one of several hotels trying to add rooms downtown. Developer Restoration St. Louis is converting the Louis Sullivan designed Union Trust Building into a 140 room boutique under the Marriott Autograph flag. Work has begun to turn the LaSalle Building on Olive Street into a Hotel Indigo, and Ballpark Village’s second phase includes a 216 room Live! By Loews hotel.
polo ralph lauren wholesale Developer wants to turn International Shoe building into hotel with rooftop pool