Covenant Blu/Grand Center

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Covenant Blu/Grand Center is located in the Midtown St. Louis Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places north of the Saint Louis University campus. This area is often confused as being part of Midtown, but it is in fact it's own neighborhood.

Grand Center is site of numerous arts and entertainment venues in Midtown St. Louis including the Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall (home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), The Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and the Sheldon Concert Hall.

The neighborhood is an eclectic mix of restored historic structures and newer buildings with street art and neon signage centered on Strauss Park at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Washington Ave. It includes a jazz club, Third Baptist Church, The St Louis Black Repertory Theater Company, and the headquarters of KETC Channel 9, a PBS affiliate. It is within walking distance of the Grand MetroLink station.

Architecture

A remarkable collection of eclectic structures built between 1874 and 1930 range from a classic Second Empire style townhouse City House in Grand Center, to flamboyant early Twentieth Century commercial buildings like the Art Deco Continental-Life Building and the "Siamese Byzantine" Fox Theatre. Buildings in the district were designed by notable architects including Henry Hobson Richardson, Eames and Young, William B. Ittner, Preston J. Bradshaw, C. Howard Crane, Brad Cloepfil and Tadao Ando. From a distance the Midtown skyline asserts a strong node like St. Louis's "second downtown". Most of Midtown’s surviving historic structures have been restored and adapted for new uses. For example, the First Congregational Church, a classic Richardsonian Romanesque structure built in 1880 is now the Grandel Theater; the University Club built in 1918 is an apartment building; and City House in Grand Center is the law office of Attorney Paul R. Hales.

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