GadellNet To Renovate American Car Company Office Building On Vandeventer

GadellNet Consulting Services will renovate the former American Car Company Office Building at 1558 South Vandeventer in the Botanical Heights neighborhood. A $690k building permit was issued March 8th. The total construction cost is about $962k, and the total investment is $1.34M. They plan a historically appropriate renovation with design partner Arcturis and hope to grow their employee count by 50 (currently 70 at the current Vandeventer office, 130 overall). They’ve outgrown their current space just up the street at 1520 South Vandeventer.

Our intent is to redevelop the American Car Company building as close to the original exterior and interior plan and finishes as we are able while allowing for an efficient use of the space for our organization

Joe Gadell

The American Car Company Office Building was built in 1923 across the street from their streetcar manufacturing facility. GadellNet will utilize federal and state historic tax credits. The 5,500 square foot building is located in the Liggett and Myers Historic District. Interior doors, trim, original windows, wood floors, will restored and the exterior details are being put back as close as possible to original condition. Outdoors will be landscaping with native plants, bike racks, and electric vehicle charging stations. They intend to utilize St. Louis based, Black-owned or women-owned small businesses for a substantial portion of the project.

Refurbishing buildings is the most sustainable building practice. Bringing a vacant building back to life is rewarding for the design team and helps signal to the surrounding community that brighter days lie ahead.

Don Koster, Arcturis

The building has been vacant for ten years. It’s great to see another building brought back to life!