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Downtown St Louis Neighborhood

Old Post Office Plaza in Downtown The Downtown Neighborhood, known as simply "Downtown", is located in the heart of the City of St Louis. The Mississippi River is the eastern border for this neighborhood. Other boundaries include Chouteau Avenue on the south, Tucker Blvd on the west and Cole Street on the north. The Downtown West Neighborhood, located west of Tucker, completes the area known as "Downtown St. Louis".

Four major Interstates enter Missouri and the Downtown Neighborhood that run east and west and cross the Popular Street Bridge and fan out westward through the city like spokes on a wheel. Those Interstates are I-55, I-44, I-64 and I-70. Two other bridges cross the Mississippi River and bring traffic in and out of the Downtown Neighborhood. Those bridges are the Dr. Martin Luther King Bridge and the historic Eads Bridge. Other important roads to the Downtown Neighborhood are Broadway, Tucker, Market, Washington, Chouteau, Olive, 4th, Memorial, many others. The MetroLink light rail system carries passengers through the neighborhood and to the four stations located there.

Being the Central Business District of the St. Louis Metro Area, the Downtown Neighborhood is the location of many businesses. Such businesses as Nestle Purina, Peabody Energy, Stifel Nicolaus and the Laclede Group all have their headquarters in the neighborhood. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis is in Downtown too, being the headquarters for the 8th district of the United States. Other businesses in the Downtown Neighborhood include AT&T, Bank of America, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, KSDK-Channel 5, Lumiere Place Casino, and many more.

Hilton Hotel in the Merchants-Laclede Building

Several conventions a year come to Downtown St. Louis and are held at the America's Center. The convention goers are housed in the many hotels that are located in the neighborhood. Some of those hotels are in restored and renovated historic buildings such as the Renaissance Suites Hotel in the historic Lennox Hotel and the Renaissance Grand Hotel in the Statler Hotel, both on the National Register of Historic Places, the Crown Plaza Hotel in the "Mansion House", the Westin Hotel in the Historic Cupples Station and two Drurys, the Drury Inn Plaza Hotel located in the National Register designated International Fur Exchange Building and the Drury Inn & Suites in the Union Market building. Other hotels include the two Hilton hotels, the Millennium Hotel, the Hampton Inn, the Hyatt Regency, the Omni Majestic Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel, the HoteLumiere and others.

Laclede's Landing

When talking about St. Louis, most people think immediately of "downtown" St. Louis. Downtown St. Louis is where the city had its beginnings. It was founded in 1763 by the French fur trader, Pierre Laclede. He came from New Orleans to establish a fur trading post near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. He named the city after King Louis IX of France and laid out the original plat for the city. That original city plat was located where the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial now lies which includes the Gateway Arch, the Old Cathedral and the Old Courthouse. The Old Cathedral is on the original land allotted by Laclede for a church and is all that is left of that original city plat. Laclede's Landing, located just north of the Ead's Bridge, is all that remains of the original street grid laid out by Laclede. The historic buildings in Laclede's Landing, although not from Laclede's time, were once warehouses and offices for the river boat trade and have been extensively renovated and now house attractions such as the Morgan Street Brewery, the Wax Museum of St. Louis, the Royal Dumpe Dinner Theatre, restaurants and entertainment venues. Laclede's Landing is also home to the Lumiere Place Casino along with the Four Seasons Hotel.

St. Louis Riverboat Cruises

Downtown St. Louis offers many things to do and see and is home to many of St. Louis' attractions and historic buildings. The home fields for two of St. Louis' three professional sports teams are located in the Downtown Neighborhood. The Major League Baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals, play at Busch Stadium and the National Hockey League team, the St. Louis Blues, have their home field at the Scottrade Center. The St. Louis Riverboats feature two 19th-century replica steamboats, the Tom Sawyer and the Becky Thatcher, that take daily cruises on the Mighty Mississippi River. The Citygarden is a green oasis in the city and a nice place for a stroll being filled with large art sculptures, water features, like the 102 water jets of the spray plaza, native Missouri landscaping and a cafe. A slow ride around the city in a horse drawn carriage provided by the St. Louis Carriage Company is a great way to appreciate the views St. Louis has to offer.

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Downtown

Many annual events and festivals are held in Downtown. In July, the biggest birthday party given for our nation is held right here in Downtown St. Louis on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. Fair Saint Louis is held over several days during the Fourth of July holiday and features the Veiled Prophet Parade, live entertainment, the Fair Saint Louis Air Show and of course fireworks each evening of the fair. On the weekend before Veteran's Day, the Veteran's Day Parade is held on Saturday and passes in front of the Soldiers Memorial in an awesome display of patriotism. Other parades held in the city are the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Annie Malone May Day Parade, the Labor Day Parade and the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade. Downtown St. Louis also plays host to the Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Parade with two other large Mardi Gras parades, the Beggin Barkus Parade and the River City Grand Parade, held in the Soulard Neighborhood. The Mardi Gras celebrations held in St. Louis are one of the biggest in the nation outside of New Orleans! The St. Louis Marathon brings in thousands of runners from around the globe as well as runners from the Metro area, to compete in the races each year. Other races that St. Louis hosts are the St. Patrick's Day Run on the Saturday before the holiday and the Susan G. Komen Race For a Cure.

Historic Eads Bridge

History buffs and admirers of fine architecture will love the many buildings and structures that are in the Downtown Neighborhood! One gem of Downtown is the Eads Bridge, completed in 1867, and is an amazing feat of architecture being the first bridge in the nation that used cantilevers during the construction of the superstructure which allowed for uninterrupted river boat traffic on the Mississippi River. Located on the St. Louis Riverfront, the upper deck of the Eads Bridge is open to pedestrians and cyclists. Several historic homes are still standing Downtown. One in the Downtown Neighborhood is the Eugene Field House and Toy Museum, childhood home of the poet Eugene Field and his father Roswell Field, an important attorney during the Dred Scott case. Washington Avenue is filled with beautifully restored buildings that once held the offices and warehouses of the Garment District but which now house restaurants, lofts, entertainment venues, galleries and more. Washington Avenue is also a shopping and dining destination in Downtown! Other architectural gems in Downtown are the Old Post Office, the Wainwright Building, the Civil Courts Building, and so many others!

Downtown Neighborhood Related Links:

City of St Louis Website, Downtown Neighborhood Website

Photo Gallery for Downtown Neighborhood - click thumbnails

The America
The America's Center
View of Downtown St Louis from the Arch grounds
View of Downtown St Louis from the Arch grounds
View of Downtown St Louis from the Arch grounds
View of Downtown St Louis from the Arch grounds
View of Downtown St Louis from the Arch grounds
View of Downtown St Louis from the Arch grounds
View of St Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch
View of St Louis from the top of the Gateway Arch
View of the Old Courthouse from the top of the Arch
View of the Old Courthouse from the top of the Arch
Busch Stadium
Busch Stadium
The Flamingo Bowl
The Flamingo Bowl
Citygarden
Citygarden
Citygarden
Citygarden
Westin Hotel in the historic Cupples Station
Westin Hotel in the historic Cupples Station
Civil Courts Building
Civil Courts Building
Old Courthouse in Downtown
Old Courthouse in Downtown
Downtown
Downtown
The Drury Inn Plaza Hotel at the Arch in the International Fur Exchange building, NR, built 1920
The Drury Inn Plaza Hotel at the Arch in the International Fur Exchange building, NR, built 1920
Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center in the Union Market building
Drury Inn & Suites Convention Center in the Union Market building
The Historic Eads Bridge on the St Louis Riverfront
The Historic Eads Bridge on the St Louis Riverfront
Eads Bridge in St Louis
Eads Bridge in St Louis
The Eads Bridge, City and National Landmark, built 1874
The Eads Bridge, City and National Landmark, built 1874
Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse
Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse
Edward Jones Dome-Home of the Rams
Edward Jones Dome-Home of the Rams
Federal Reserve Bank in St Louis
Federal Reserve Bank in St Louis
The Gateway Arch in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
The Gateway Arch in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Gateway Mall Park and Kiener Plaza
Gateway Mall Park and Kiener Plaza
Kiener Plaza in the Gateway Mall Park
Kiener Plaza in the Gateway Mall Park
KSDK Channel 5
KSDK Channel 5
Laclede
Laclede's Landing on the St Louis Riverfront
Lacledes Landing on the St Louis Riverfront
Lacledes Landing on the St Louis Riverfront
Historic Laclede
Historic Laclede's Landing on the St Louis Riverfront
Lumiere Place Casino in Laclede
Lumiere Place Casino in Laclede's Landing
Roberts Mayfair Hotel in Downtown St Louis, built 1924
Roberts Mayfair Hotel in Downtown St Louis, built 1924
The Historic Old Post Office, completed 1884
The Historic Old Post Office, completed 1884
The Historic Old Post Office
The Historic Old Post Office
Nestle Purina Headquarters in St Louis Missouri
Nestle Purina Headquarters in St Louis Missouri
Renaissance Grand Hotel, NR, built in 1917 as the Statler Hotel
Renaissance Grand Hotel, NR, built in 1917 as the Statler Hotel
Renaissance Suites Hotel in the historic Lennox Hotel, NR, built 1929
Renaissance Suites Hotel in the historic Lennox Hotel, NR, built 1929
St Louis Riverboat Cruises
St Louis Riverboat Cruises
St Louis Riverboat Cruises on the Mississippi River
St Louis Riverboat Cruises on the Mississippi River
Roberts Orpheum Theatre, NR, City Landmark, opened as an "Orpheum" in 1917
Roberts Orpheum Theatre, NR, City Landmark, opened as an "Orpheum" in 1917
Busch Stadium-Home of the St Louis Cardinals!
Busch Stadium-Home of the St Louis Cardinals!
View of downtown St Louis from Busch Stadium
View of downtown St Louis from Busch Stadium
St Louis Carriage Company
St Louis Carriage Company
St Louis Carriage Company
St Louis Carriage Company
The Edward Jones Dome-Home of the St Louis Rams!
The Edward Jones Dome-Home of the St Louis Rams!
The Old Cathedral, City Landmark, built 1834
The Old Cathedral, City Landmark, built 1834
The Old Courthouse, City Landmark, completed 1862
The Old Courthouse, City Landmark, completed 1862
Wainright Building, City and National Landmark, built 1890
Wainright Building, City and National Landmark, built 1890
Missouri Athletic Club, City Landmark, built 1916, designed by William B. Ittner
Missouri Athletic Club, City Landmark, built 1916, designed by William B. Ittner
Citygarden
Citygarden
Citygarden
Citygarden
Civil Courts Building, built 1929
Civil Courts Building, built 1929
The Metropolitan Square Building
The Metropolitan Square Building
Roswell Field House, City Landmark, NR, built 1845 as part of a row
Roswell Field House, City Landmark, NR, built 1845 as part of a row
Chouteau
Chouteau's Landing
Flood Walls on Chouteau
Flood Walls on Chouteau's Landing
Chouteau
Chouteau's Landing
Trains along Chouteau
Trains along Chouteau's Landing
Chouteau
Chouteau's Landing
Chouteau
Chouteau's Landing
Powell Square building on Chouteau
Powell Square building on Chouteau's Landing
View of the Gateway Arch from Chouteau
View of the Gateway Arch from Chouteau's Landing
9th Street view of the historic Mark Twain Hotel and the Frisco buildings
9th Street view of the historic Mark Twain Hotel and the Frisco buildings
705 Olive Building in a City Landmark-Union Trust Company building, c. 1892
705 Olive Building in a City Landmark-Union Trust Company building, c. 1892
AT&T Center Building
AT&T Center Building
AT&T Data Center building
AT&T Data Center building
Bank of America Plaza
Bank of America Plaza
Bee Hat Building, City Landmark, c. 1899
Bee Hat Building, City Landmark, c. 1899
Bell Telephone Building (S.G.Adams), City Landmark, c. 1888
Bell Telephone Building (S.G.Adams), City Landmark, c. 1888
Historic Board of Education Building, NR, built 1891
Historic Board of Education Building, NR, built 1891
Chemical Building, City landmark, built c. 1896
Chemical Building, City landmark, built c. 1896
The historic Chemical Building on Olive Street
The historic Chemical Building on Olive Street
Crowne Plaza Hotel located in the "Mansion House"
Crowne Plaza Hotel located in the "Mansion House"
Schnuck
Schnuck's Culinaria Market in Downtown
The Curlee Building on Washington Avenue
The Curlee Building on Washington Avenue
Old Post Office Plaza in Downtown
Old Post Office Plaza in Downtown
Old Post Office Plaza in Downtown
Old Post Office Plaza in Downtown
Downtown St Louis at the Old Post Office Plaza
Downtown St Louis at the Old Post Office Plaza
Architectural detail on the Frisco Building, built 1903
Architectural detail on the Frisco Building, built 1903
Frisco Building, NR, on Olive Street in Downtown St Louis
Frisco Building, NR, on Olive Street in Downtown St Louis
Genamerica Financial Building
Genamerica Financial Building
Genamerica Financial Building
Genamerica Financial Building
Merchants-Laclede Building, City Landmark, NR, now the Hilton Hotel, built 1889
Merchants-Laclede Building, City Landmark, NR, now the Hilton Hotel, built 1889
Laclede Gas Light Company Building, NR, built 1911
Laclede Gas Light Company Building, NR, built 1911
Lammert and Mallinckrodt Buildings on Washington Avenue
Lammert and Mallinckrodt Buildings on Washington Avenue
Lammert Building, City Landmark, NR, built 1897
Lammert Building, City Landmark, NR, built 1897
LaSalle Building, built 1909
LaSalle Building, built 1909
Railway Exchange Building, built 1914, now houses the Macy
Railway Exchange Building, built 1914, now houses the Macy's Downtown store
Macy
Macy's in the historic Railway Exchange Building in Downtown St Louis
The Mallinckrodt Building, now the Banker Lofts, on Washington Ave, built 1892
The Mallinckrodt Building, now the Banker Lofts, on Washington Ave, built 1892
Marquette Building, Downtown YMCA and Condos/Apartments
Marquette Building, Downtown YMCA and Condos/Apartments
YMCA in the Marquette Building in Downtown
YMCA in the Marquette Building in Downtown
Mississippi Valley Trust Building, City Landmark, NR, built 1896
Mississippi Valley Trust Building, City Landmark, NR, built 1896
Mutual Bank Building, City Landmark, built 1917, now Lashly & Baer Law Offices
Mutual Bank Building, City Landmark, built 1917, now Lashly & Baer Law Offices
Ninth Street Garage, Downtown St Louis
Ninth Street Garage, Downtown St Louis
Up close detail of  "Peace and Vigilance" on the Old Post Office
Up close detail of "Peace and Vigilance" on the Old Post Office
Olive Street with the Old Post Office and the Paul Brown Building
Olive Street with the Old Post Office and the Paul Brown Building
Historic Old Post Office in Downtown
Historic Old Post Office in Downtown
One US Bank Plaza
One US Bank Plaza
Close-up detail of the Paul Brown building
Close-up detail of the Paul Brown building
Macy
Macy's in the Railway Exchange Building
Rice-Stix Building (Merchandise Mart), NR, City Landmark, built 1888
Rice-Stix Building (Merchandise Mart), NR, City Landmark, built 1888
Roberts Towers in Downtown St Louis
Roberts Towers in Downtown St Louis
Security Building, NR, City Landmark, built 1890
Security Building, NR, City Landmark, built 1890
A small plaza between the Security Building and the Federal Reserve Bank
A small plaza between the Security Building and the Federal Reserve Bank
Security Building in Downtown St Louis
Security Building in Downtown St Louis
Southwestern Bell Building, built 1926
Southwestern Bell Building, built 1926
Architectural detail of the Southwestern Bell Building
Architectural detail of the Southwestern Bell Building
A fun piece of art in front of the Laclede Group building
A fun piece of art in front of the Laclede Group building
St Louis Board of Education Building
St Louis Board of Education Building
Federal Reserve Bank, built 1925
Federal Reserve Bank, built 1925
Washington Avenue in Downtown St Louis
Washington Avenue in Downtown St Louis
Washington Avenue in Downtown St Louis
Washington Avenue in Downtown St Louis
The Wright Building side of the Arcade/Wright Building, City Landmark, NR, built 1918
The Wright Building side of the Arcade/Wright Building, City Landmark, NR, built 1918
Flamingo Bowl
Flamingo Bowl
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