The Optimist at 4494 Lindell


Lux Living




City of St. Louis, Missouri


Design Feedback, Public Engagement

Bringing back Mid-Century Modernism to the City of St. Louis and the Central West End.

The Optimist at 4494 Lindell will add 150 apartment homes to the booming Central West End neighborhood and preserve the landmark "pavilion" structure at the corner of Lindell and Taylor.  Built in 1963 for the Optimist International Club, the City of St. Louis named the pavilion structure a high-merit building in 2016 and deemed it worthy of preservation. This plan integrates that structure into a greater redevelopment plan featuring a new, 7.5-story apartment building designed to respect the Mid-Century Modern style.


The project is designed by HOK. 4th Street provided design feedback to Lux Living and recommended that Lux tap HOK for the design work on this landmark project.


Preserving the historic pavilion structure, and it's unique columns, was important when thinking about what could be done here. Keeping the pavilion building allows for the new construction to take on a "L" shape while the pavilion structure becomes home to the building's amenities, rooftop deck, and 12 apartments (6 of which are walk-up units on Taylor). The walk-up apartment units are the first of their kind in the neighborhood as most walk-up units are townhomes or condos. 

The new building honors the old by going with a similar color scheme with blend nicely and juxtapose with the dark-colored Jackson Arms to the immediate east. By utilizing an existing curb cut on Lindell, no new curb cuts will be created, meeting form based code requirements and allowing residents to access the building's underground parking garage.

The Optimist will, upon completion, offer residents a unique lifestyle in the heart of the Central West End while offering a new addition to an already dense urban environment. Look for apartments to become available here in the summer of 2024.