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S… Saint Louis
Continental-Life Building, Saint Louis, MissouriPhoto by Bill Badzo
GREAT black and white image. 
Another image, same building, same artist (click here for large):

Building notes, from Flickr:

The Continental-Life Building, also known as the Continental Building, is an Art Deco skyscraper in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, which was completed in 1930. 
Commissioned by Edward Mays to be the home of his two businesses, Continental-Life Insurance and the Grand National Bank, the building was designed by William B. Ittner, a prominent St. Louis architect. It housed businesses through the mid-1960s, when its co-owners included St. Louis mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, prominent St. Louis defense attorney Morris Shenker, and Harold Koplar of KPLR. At some point in the 1970s the building fell into disrepair.
After a few false starts in the late 1990s, St. Louis developers Pete Rothschild and Stephen Trampe took on the project, renovating the building into apartments. It reopened in 2001. The building has a connected three-story parking garage, which is used by both residents and patrons of the nearby Fox Theatre. The top of the parking garage holds an outdoor pool for residents’ use.
Architectural elements from the building were collected over time by the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation and returned to the building in the Stephen Trampe renovation.

S… Saint Louis

Continental-Life Building, Saint Louis, Missouri
Photo by Bill Badzo

GREAT black and white image. 

Another image, same building, same artist (click here for large):

Building notes, from Flickr:

The Continental-Life Building, also known as the Continental Building, is an Art Deco skyscraper in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, which was completed in 1930. 

Commissioned by Edward Mays to be the home of his two businesses, Continental-Life Insurance and the Grand National Bank, the building was designed by William B. Ittner, a prominent St. Louis architect. It housed businesses through the mid-1960s, when its co-owners included St. Louis mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, prominent St. Louis defense attorney Morris Shenker, and Harold Koplar of KPLR. At some point in the 1970s the building fell into disrepair.

After a few false starts in the late 1990s, St. Louis developers Pete Rothschild and Stephen Trampe took on the project, renovating the building into apartments. It reopened in 2001. The building has a connected three-story parking garage, which is used by both residents and patrons of the nearby Fox Theatre. The top of the parking garage holds an outdoor pool for residents’ use.

Architectural elements from the building were collected over time by the St. Louis Building Arts Foundation and returned to the building in the Stephen Trampe renovation.

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