Hotel Saint Louis

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Former Union Trust Building Debuts Today as Hotel Saint Louis

A $55 million renovation is complete at the historic Louis Sulllivan building

Debbie Monterrey
December 20, 2018 - 8:24 am

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Renovations at a historic Louis Sullivan building in downtown St. Louis are complete.

The former Union Trust building is now Hotel Saint Louis, and it officially opened its doors to guests today.

The $55 million renovation on the building, which had sat vacant since 2013, led to some amazing discoveries.

"Just (Tuesday) we found a bunch of broken pottery when we were digging a hole," Restoration St. Louis President Amrit Gill told Charlie Brennan yesterday morning.

The pottery was from the Forum Cafeteria, which at one point had 22 locations around the country. The location at the Union Trust building closed in 1977.

CEO Amy Gill also told Brennan that developers wanted to restore the building to Sullivan's vision, and they were aided by some old relics they found along the way.

"One of the coolest things we found was buried up in a ceiling: the original stained glass from Louis Sullivan. We didn't have any pictures of it and we didn't know what it looked like, so we're having that piece's about the size of a door."

That glass will help become a stained glass ceiling at the hotel. The original elevator doors designed by Sullivan himself were also found on-site and were restored.

The hotel is run by Marriott under its "Autograph Collection" line of hotels and is the first St. Louis hotel to have that moniker. The restaurant at the hotel is open for lunch at 11 a.m., with soft opening for the rest of the hotel at 4:30 p.m. today.

Here's some more photos taken by KMOX's Debbie Monterrey: