News | by Thomas J. Finan, Publisher | 06/05/2008
Early completion of the renovation of the Tudor Building, which covers the 1900 block of Washington Avenue in the City of St. Louis, marks a rebirth for that historic block.
Paric Corporation was the design/build general contractor on the $16 million, 104,820-square-foot project, which was completed within budget and more than two months ahead of schedule. Paric rebuilt the interior of the former Wrought Iron Range Company building, which had been vacant for almost 20 years, into 64 residential loft units and 14 street-level retail spaces.
Lofts feature original brick interior walls, polished concrete floors, upgraded kitchen appliances, clean urban lines and lots of light from skylights and sun tunnels. Retail spaces feature tin ceilings that can be seen from the street through the clerestory windows along the renovated Washington Avenue streetscape.
The two-story structure’s distinctive stucco and Tudor-style exterior was carefully restored and the clay tile roof was replaced . Historic elements were salvaged and reused when possible and architectural elements were field-fabricated to match existing historic woodwork. The dormers on the front of the building were removed and replaced to protect them during the renovation process.
Additional structural and environmental improvements include a new roof, new footings on the first floor and environmental remediation. Careful restoration and remediation helped the project earn both historic tax credits and Brownfields tax incentives.
Developers were Tudor Development LP and Tudor Retail Partners LLC. Joining Paric on the project team were Klitzing Welsch Associates, Inc., Poehlman & Prost, KPFF, Bell Electrical Contractors, Degenhardt Heating and Cooling, Franklin Mechanical, and Fire Protection Systems. Environmental Operations, Inc. handled the environmental remediation.