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Best Renovated Building 

The Arcade Building

When the Arcade Building was erected downtown in 1919, this sixteen-story giant of Gothic Revival contained a novelty: one of the area's first "malls," a double-decker row of shops under a rib-vaulted arcade. By 1978 the structure had emptied out. But in 2003 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and now, thanks to federal and state assistance, Minneapolis-based Dominium is breathing new life into it. Webster University has already reserved several lower-level floors. The next eleven will have about 200 affordable housing units for artists, plus 11,000 square feet of studio and rehearsal space for their use. There will also be bike storage, a gym and a rooftop terrace with views of the Arch and the Mississippi River. Dominium estimates it will open by the end of 2015. 810 Olive Street, St. Louis, 63101.

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