Built during the mid 1960s - the era of Mad Men and the early days of Rock ‘n Roll - the original Downtowner opened as a very cool motor inn. It was conceived by the Downtowner Corporation as part of a growing national chain of hip spots in places like Memphis, Little Rock, Houston, Tulsa, and Kansas City. When it first opened, the Downtowner featured a candlelit restaurant and a cocktail lounge, and its manager came from the Ritz in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The popularity of the Downtowner immunized from the burgeoning flight to the suburbs that, for a time, was the rage. “Downtown, in St. Louis, in any city, is the heart and nerve center of the community,” Downtowner Corporation President L.F. Matthews contended in 1965. We couldn’t agree more! Today, Downtowner Apartments are a completely refreshed, stylishly affordable place to hang your hat in the heart of St. Louis: right on the northeast corner of Washington Avenue and Twelfth Boulevard.
Today, the Downtowner is owned and managed by Dominium, a Minneapolis-based developer of multi-family rental properties with a 40-year reputation for innovative and quality. Dominium is the country’s 5th largest owner of affordable housing, manages more than 21,000 apartments in 18 states, and has a staff of over 1,000 employees. Among its communities in St. Louis are Leather Trades Artist Lofts and Metropolitan Artist Lofts.

Dominium is proud to be the coolest property developer in St. Louis! Its local communities include
Leather Trades Artist Lofts, where resident artists refine their craft in on-site painting, drawing, music, and dance studios while overlooking Locust Street.  In Midtown’s Grand Center District, Metropolitan Artist Lofts is a center of creativity and collaboration featuring thoughtful design, upscale finishes, and inspiring architecture. Dominium is also restoring the National Historic Landmark Arcade Building as Arcade Apartments. One of St. Louis’ best examples of a gothic revival high-rise, Arcade Apartments represents the finest in fashionable urban living.