U.S. Bank Plaza History and Design
U.S. Bank Plaza, a thirty-five story office building located at Washington Avenue and Seventh Street in downtown St. Louis, was completed in 1975. At 485-feet tall, U.S. Bank Plaza (then known as Mercantile Tower) reigned as Missouri's tallest building for a decade after its construction. Its clean, bold lines remain an integral part of the downtown St. Louis skyline. Along with the neighboring America's Center, Edward Jones Dome, and Renaissance Hotels, U.S. Bank Plaza continues to anchor the northern end of downtown.
The building's tenant population is comprised of a variety of businesses and organizations such as law firms, financial and investment organizations. U.S. Bank is currently the largest tenant.
U.S. Bank Plaza's exterior features a series of triangular structures on the corners. This design not only provides strength and an exciting visual effect, but also allows for large, open, column-free spaces within the building. With no interior columns, the building offers sixteen corner offices per floor instead of the usual four.
A new outdoor plaza was created in the late 1990's, providing a facelift for the building's south entrance and the connecting Eighth Street Bank Building. The landscaped plaza presents downtown with an inviting, park-like atmosphere and links the historic Eighth Street Bank with the adjacent high-rise. The plaza provides a natural meeting area where numerous building events are held. The plaza also features a lush elevated lawn and its centerpiece, a large cylinder-shaped fountain with twelve-foot jets of water. The fountain is visible from the street through a grove of red maple trees that provide shade and gorgeous fall color.
In the north plaza, planters were built around existing hawthorne trees. The Plaza's signature stainless steel sculpture, Synergism, reflects the colors of an abundance of flowers planted around its base. Interlocking pavers and traditional lampposts were used around the entire city block and provide a sense of unity, history, and tradition to U.S. Bank Plaza.