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Use the slider above to view this street scene in 1905 and 2014. Buildings that still exist include the Jefferson Hotel (far left), the Bogen Lofts (left of center), and the Meridian Lofts (white building in the middle on the right).
Introducing part one of our new "Then & Now" series, featuring historic photos and drawings with their modern counterparts.
This edition shows an everyday street scene on Tucker Boulevard (then known as Twelfth Street) looking north from Olive Street. Horse drawn carriages, dapper pedestrians and stately architectural marvels in 1905 are replaced by traffic lights, high speed traffic, and newer construction in 2014 with a smattering of lingering historic landmarks. This major street through the heart of city served as an official dividing line for the business district up until around 1900, with very few buildings residing west of this intersection. As businesses expanded and needed more real estate, large buildings sprung up west of Twelfth Street, manufacturing and selling garments, hats, and numerous other dry goods. Those buildings still standing today include the Jefferson Hotel (built in 1904), the Bogen Lofts building (1902) and the Meridian Lofts Building (1898). All three are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Information about the history of the Jefferson Hotel (also called Jefferson Arms) is now up on the website!
The Jefferson Hotel is located at 415 North Tucker Boulevard in downtown St. Louis. This thirteen story structure was designed by Barnett, Haynes & Barnett, a local St. Louis architecture firm. the hotel was built to house visitors to the 1904 World's Fair and was named after Thomas Jefferson.
Today, the Jefferson Hotel is vacant. Ownership has changed several times over the last decade, and no construction or renovation has taken place since the hotel was cleared of its last residents and added to the National Register of Historic Places. Plans for re-development have been discussed, but no work has been scheduled.
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