Updated: May 14, 2021
Two emerging architects will have their work built and showcased at the "On Olive" development in Grand Center. Cory Henry, of Atelier|Cory Henry, won the National Black Emerging Architect Competition and Constance Vale of Constance Vale Studio won as the St. Louis Emerging Architect.
The homes will be built on the north side of Olive Street on a strip of land that's currently vacant, but is ready for new construction to take place. The houses of the two winners will be built as display models along with a house designed by Boston-based Howeler + Yoon. Prospective buyers may tour the houses and select one of the designs to be built on a lot within the development. Many of the houses on the south side of the street are already under construction.
With the inclusion of Atelier Cory Henry, Constance Vale Studio, and Howeler+Yoon, On Olive will now be home to houses designed by 7 architects with the most famous being Tatiana Bilbao. The other architects include New York City-based MOS Studio, Mexico City-based Productora Studio, Guadalajara-based Macias Peredo, and St. Louis-based Mitchell-Wall. Michael Maltzan Studio, of Los Angeles, is the architect for the multi-family building at Olive and Vandeventer.
In total, On Olive encompassed 3.3 acres of urban landscape in the Grand Center neighborhood. The development also includes the redevelopment of the historic Wolfner Library Building into a development amenity center, and a fascinating mix of amenities and
sculptural attractions including a pool, dog park, putting green and meditation garden.
Many of the houses are already under construction on Olive, between Spring and
Vandeventer in the Grand Center area of St. Louis.
As it currently stands, 8 houses on the south side of the street have been framed up and clad in brick. They're not yet finished, but it seems like they are getting close.
Upon completion, On Olive will bring new, modern homes to the City's Central Corridor and include designs from some of the World's best architects. In a way, this is as much of an art piece and architectural showcase as much as it is about quality housing. On Olive is being developed jointly between Emily Pulitzer and Steve Trampe (Owen Development).
The photos below show progress on "On Olive" as of April 25th 2021.