Erected in 1922, the Chase Apartments building had originally been built as one of the most luxurious apartment buildings in St. Louis at its stately location on Lindell Boulevard, directly across the street from Forest Park. In the 1950’s KPLR-TV, one of the first independent television stations in the US was created and the first four floors of the building served as its headquarters until the Koplar family sold the station and the building in 1998.
Koplar Properties returned to its roots by repurchasing the apartment building in 2010 and set out to return the building to its intended use as St. Louis’ premier apartment building. After a yearlong gut renovation, Koplar Properties re-opened the building as the York House in January 2012, ushering in a new era for this storied property. Residents not only get to enjoy some of the finest finishes and spacious layouts found anywhere in St. Louis, they also get to enjoy a lifestyle of living in St. Louis’ most desirable location.
Situated in the heart of the Central West End, Maryland Plaza had for years been the premier shopping district in St. Louis, with luxury retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Montaldo’s setting up shop right next door to the Chase Park Plaza hotel.
As St. Louis changed and shopping malls sprouted up in the suburbs, Maryland Plaza had become completely vacant by the early 1980’s. In 2004, Koplar Properties purchased the neighboring buildings that once housed St. Louis’ favorite stores and embarked on an ambitious plan to bring the vibrant shopping experience back to Maryland Plaza.
Koplar Properties led the effort to bring in a collection of new to market, exciting boutiques into the former department store buildings and built creative office space on the upper floors. A completely new streetscape was designed, highlighted by a new fountain by WET Design, the famed designers of Las Vegas’ Bellagio fountain. Maryland Plaza is now again St. Louis’s favorite destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. www.marylandplaza.com