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Remains of President Casino on Riverfront

June 1, 2012 Downtown, Featured 8 Comments

The President Casino closed in June 2010:

The President Casino, St. Louis’ first and oldest gaming facility, will not re-open before its license is due to be turned over to the state next week, Pinnacle Entertainment confirmed Thursday. (STLtoday.com)

The casino was inside the historic SS Admiral. When no buyer came forth for the ship, it was cut apart and sold for scrap metal. But not all traces of the casino are gone.

ABOVE: Covered auto driveway as seen from Amtrak train on elevated trestle.
ABOVE: The wide driveway has been chained off
ABOVE: Looking north from under the roof structure.

My guess is the city now owns these improvements as part of a lease agreement for the space on the riverfront. What will become of it? Could a tour boat company use it? Another use? Or will this sit like this for years as it deteriorates? I don’t have the answers.

– Steve Patterson


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  1. JZ71 says:

    Although we really don’t need another one, it looks like a great space for a farmer’s market.  It could also be an interesting place to do something with food trucks, if seating were added.  We just need some creative thinking and some flexibility from the city, assuming that they now control the site.

  2. msrdls says:

    There’s both an opportunity and a fallacy in the adage “Build it and they will come”,  as it relates to this site.  This existing canopy provides a great opportunity for some resourceful entrepreneur to take advantage of the downtown boom, although this site is a bit remote for some.  But so is Soulard, and it still manages to attract several downtown residents on Saturday mornings.  Vehicle parking, though, would be an issue, unless potential patrons would be willing to pay for parking (not a St Louis thing!), in which case there’s a precast parking garage across the street, and last time I checked was still standing despite its apparent  lack of even routine maintenance.

  3. Kevin B says:

    I would think this still falls within the property lines of Pinnacle, right?

     Given my d’ruthers, I’d split the paddle wheels and anchor one of them (Becky Thatcher or Tom Sawyer) here to stretch out the riverfront a bit, helping people extend their definition of “St. Louis Riverfront” past the Eads Bridge. Or do a riverfront stage like the picture below, maybe?

    [ And not to jack the thread, but I explored some of these ideas in a couple of posts a year back: 
    The Mississippi Mile (Part 3): http://yastlblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/mississippi-12-mile-part-3.html#more
    Clang, Clang, Clang Goes The Trolley: http://yastlblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/clang-clang-clang-goes-trolley.html ]

  4. Tpekren says:

    My wishful thinking is that Pinnacle would revive phase II or turn it over to someone who would want to take a stab it, if it meant apartments instead of the proposed condos.  Pinnacle’s Phase II mock up they presented and actually had on display at at Lambert Airport (Southwest Baggage claim) would be a great addition to Laclede’s Landing and offer some much needed infill and density for the area.  Throw in a respectable Bottleworks mixed use development based on residential and remove the raised section of I-70 downtown and you truly got a vibrant section of downtown that becomes well connected.  Something that would benefit Pinnacle in the long run.

    I’m still at the believe that the city should push housing as much as possible.  Get enough people and you have more farmer’s markets, more retail and more people looking for their work to be closer.


    • msrdls says:

      Housing is definitely the puzzle solver. New Housing.  Not renovated housing. Look up and down Washington Avenue, and you find renovated buildings whose renovations were thrown together by developers who wanted just to make a quick buck. Exteriors were not fully tuckpointed (some were skim coated), and it’s only a matter of time before that issue will have to be addressed. I know personally of three buildings whose boards have authorized in excess of $100.000.00 (each) to re-do major areas of tuckpointing that the original developer had claimed was done during the renovation–but it wasn’t.  Demising walls (separating individual loft units) in some of the buildings were constructed to standards that don’t afford privacy to residents. They’re noisy!!! HVAC was poorly designed, largely due to the difficulty of providing individual systems to individual units in a high-rise building–but the typical heat pump/hydronic loop systems that were installed are problematic. In one building, over 40%+ of the units have failed–and the manufacturer literally turned its back on the residents. Entire roofing systems have failed–and the condo boards have no recourse!   Rooftop deck details were never really “designed”–rather the carpenter was given materials and told to build a deck. The result is that when the roof flashing eventually needs attention, the entire roof deck will have to be removed. Not cheap!  Common area lighting was thrown up without benefit of photometrics or thought given to energy efficiency. Lamp and fixture  selections, especially in parking garages (where lights burn 24/7), were driven by the cheapest fixtures available, resulting in high energy costs and higher lamp replacement costs.  Those lamps (bulbs)  used in those fixtures cost on an average of $12.00 each, and they may last 3 hours or 3 months, depending.  Flourescent strip lamps are so much more efficient!  90% of the loft garages I’ve visited don’t utilize flourescent strip fixtures, and those that do recently paid the price to have the fixtures switched out. Loft living (in old structures) is a neat idea, but this lifestyle typically appeals MOSTLY to people who are impressed by the glitz (and glamour) of it all, and they overlook the fact that the foundations need tuckpointing and waterproofing…that the caulking at the window perimeters is falling out…..that the paint and caulk used to cover up concete cracks and delaminations isn’t going to last much longer and will need to be addre$$ed real soon….that elevator maintenance contracts cost lots of money but without them a building won’t be able to afford routine service….. New housing would solve lots of these issues, provided the building is put on a maintenance schedule and religiously monitored. 

      • Tpekren says:

        Too bad Skyhouse didn’t get off the ground, so close. and too bad Robert brothers don’t invest with developers who know the market and how to sell.  However, this is where I think Bottle Works, Pinnacle Phase II if done right and of course, removing the raised section of I-70 would be an all around a pleasant surprise for downtown/Wash Ave corridor as well as the catalyst to keep things going.  There will be a need for new units over loft construction in time but also needs to happen sooner than later before the steam runs out.   Get new stock and I think it really ups the game as well as gives more choices. 

  5. Slot games says:

    President Casino had such a wonderful look and had situated at wonderful location. Why this casino has gone but we are missing it yet.

  6. Moe says:

    Throw some fans up and people could use this as a concert venue.


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