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Railway Exchange Building
6th and 7th Streets at Olive Street
Architect: Mauran, Russell & Crowell
Status: occupied by offices and Famous-Barr's downtown store
A massive Chicago Style tower which is perhaps the most lavishly ornamented building in the entire city. Built as the Railway Exchange, it is now named for Famous-Barr, its principal occupant for many decades.
The building is now connected to the St. Louis Center mall, which has unfortunately suffered severely declining business in the last few years and closed in 2006, with plans afoot to demolish the skybridges and convert the former mall to residential use. Famous-Barr's parent company has been bought out; the store -- long the flagship location of this regional department store chain -- was converted to a Macy's outlet in 2006.