Friday, January 23, 2009

Railroad Exchange Building

I have always had a soft spot for the Railroad Exchange Building, that hulking, terracotta covered edifice rising right in the heart of downtown. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I learned through satellite images that the top floors of the office building portion of the structure has a large donut light well in the center. You can see it here.

Originally planned to be the headquarters of St. Louis's railroads, it became the center for May Department Stores.I long for the day when the skybridge is removed and the terracotta carefully replaced from the old St. Louis Centre.

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