A new cultural and architectural gem has emerged in St. Louis, Missouri courtesy of 21c Museum Hotels. The 21c St. Louis boasts the architectural vision of Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG) and the interior design expertise of Hufft and Bill Rooney Studio.
21c St. Louis is housed in a 10-story Renaissance Revival-style structure constructed nearly 100 years ago as a YMCA. Its architectural bones were been lovingly restored, blending the grandeur of the past with a chic, contemporary twist.
The hotel’s design pays homage to its historical origin, preserving the original swimming pool, now a part of the hotel’s Locust Street Athletic & Swim Club. Emblazoned with a vibrant “Swim for Life” mosaic at the bottom, the pool adds a splash of color and history. Original court floors and a suspended running track adorn the museum galleries, merging athletic heritage and artistic vision for a unique aesthetic.
The 173-room hotel features 14,000 square feet of museum exhibition space. Works range from an imposing, eight-foot spherical orb by conceptual artist Serkan Özkaya filled with distilled water in the reception area to a kaleidoscopic artwork by Missouri’s Nick Cave and Bob Faust on the ceiling of the hotel café, Good Press, which infuses the space with vibrancy. The hotel also features The Way Out West, a three-floor installation by David Allen Burns and Austin Young that pays tribute to the soul of St. Louis.