DEVELOPING PROPERTIES AND REVITALIZING HISTORY
At Advantes Development, the properties we develop have a history we respect and celebrate, as we restore their relevance to St. Louis. We know the true value of a living or working space goes beyond square footage and location. It’s in the preservation of its unique architecture and character, and the integration of thoughtful design and finishes—elements that elevate the aesthetic of our properties, and the experience of living and working within them.
16 months construction, completed Early 2021, 84000 SF Residential and Commercial Space
Built at the end of the 19th century to support the growing tobacco industry in St. Louis, the Christian Peper building once stored valuable leaves prior to processing. Today, the structure has been updated and enhanced to offer views of the Mississippi River and iconic Gateway Arch. Blending the best of our city’s history with modern touches, the Peper Lofts building showcases warm, welcoming living spaces and spacious layouts, upscale amenities and thoughtful finishes.
8 months construction, completed Fall 2022, 11,072 SF, Residential and Commercial Space
After the Civil War, construction resumed and accelerated so that a majority of the buildings in the district were constructed by 1875. The Curtis and Company Building played a key par of this expansion. Curtis and Company was a family owned foundry and machine shop that started in 1854 making saws for lumber mills. The company moved into the building in 1875 at a time when there were 26 saw companies in St. Louis making 80% of the saws in the US. In addition, the building is another excellent example of the pre-fabricated, cast iron construction that gives the district it's architectural cohesion.
14 months construction. Completed Fall of 2023, 64,105 SF, Residential and Commercial Space
When Carlos S. Greeley started his wholesale grocery business, he put in no stock of liquor. Word traveled up and down the levee about this experiment and bets were taken as to its success. This “dry grocery” house grew into a St. Louis institution whose profits helped build the Kansas Pacific Railroad and contributed to the Boatman’s Bank, the St. Louis Cotton Factory, Lindenwood Seminary, and Washington University. In 1980, the building’s cast-iron facade was re-exposed and refurbished.
Completed Winter of 2024. Residential and Commercial space
Hoffman Lofts offers a prime location in the historic Laclede's Landing neighborhood. Actress Betty Grable—the #1 pin-up girl of the 1940s and Hugh Hefner’s inspiration for Playboy magazine—developed her “million-dollar legs” working summers here at her grandparents’ produce market. Until the mid-1930s, it was the headquarters for produce distribution throughout the burgeoning St. Louis community, before being taken over by the Ferman Tent Company. The building features one of the most elaborate brick facades in St. Louis.
Old Judge Lofts
Expected completion Winter of 2024. Residential and Commercial space
Originally built for the offices of Scharff & Bernheimer, one of the largest Mississippi River shipping firms of the era, this building was purchased by Old Judge Coffee in 1918 and converted into a factory and spice warehouse. At peak demand, the company produced over 3 million pounds of coffee per month. Slightly more than this writer’s annual intake. Notable features of this five-story brick building include cast-iron columns at street level and large lower windows with matching smaller windows on the second and third floors. On warm St. Louis days, you can still catch the scent of cinnamon from wood supports on the third floor. Come for the spice, stay for the neighborhood in beautiful Laclede’s Landing!
Expected completion Summer of 2024. Residential and Commercial space
Once used for storing and blending whiskey, the Trader Building was likely raided as part of the infamous St. Louis Whiskey Ring in the 1870s. The scheme ran an extensive network of bribes to distillers, IRS agents, and elected officials in order to defraud the federal government of liquor taxes. Legend says the money was used to finance the second presidential campaign of Ulysses S. Grant. Ironically the secretary of the Treasury, Benjamin Bestow, who was appointed by Grant in 1874 unraveled the enterprise that led to the prosecution of ring leader and Missouri Collector of revenue, John McDonald who had also been appointed by Grant in 1869. Jury is still out on whether or not Grant was in the know about the ring. One thing we know for sure is that we didn’t cut any corners during the renovation process. Both the structural and non-structural integrity has been restored in this beautiful historic building on Laclede’s Landing
The Mack Lofts
Mack- Located in the HOT Macklind/ Southhampton/ St. Louis Hills submarket that is short on these types of institutional-quality apartments. What was once a private elementary school is now the home to 22 apartments containing stainless steel appliances, onsite laundry, secured access, off street parking. (18) 1 bed 1 bath and (4) 2 bed 1 bath.
Exquisite Trophy property in the heart of Soulard***36 loft-style apartments in an iconic Ittner-designed former school building***Existing Fannie Mae financing to be assumed - 3.62% interest with 8.5 years remaining - well below current market rates!***Gracious entryway and hallways with impressive scale and elegance - feels like a quality hotel***top-to-bottom renovation in 2017, loft-style apartments with 10-12+ foot ceilings, huge windows providing ample natural lighting, refinished concrete and original hardwood floors, original built-ins from former school days, designer lighting, gym, numerous outdoor spaces on the 1.59 acre lot. Solar panels reduce building electric costs, 33 car gated, secured parking lot plus the nicest 11 car garage you'll ever see
Looking for the perfect city living location, you found it. This ½ acre lot at the corner of Hampton/Columbia between Clifton Heights and the Hill neighborhoods boasts everything you could want. The entire building was renovated from top to bottom in 2009 and is 100% occupied. There are 16 (1) bed (1) baths apartments and 4 commercial tenants. Every unit is individually metered and has its own electric HVAC & water heater (no gas), utilities are very reasonable for tenants. A new roof with transferable warranty was installed in 2018. There is an attached fenced parking lot and recently updated on site laundry room. All of this and within walking distance from some of the best restaurants around and close proximity to the Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis History and Art Museums, Science Center as well as running/biking trails.