Crown square is located along two blocks of 14th Street between Warren Street and St. Louis Avenue in Old North St. Louis. Many of its buildings date back to the 1800s. Home to the famed Crown Candy Kitchen, the once thriving commercial center began to deteriorate in the 1970s when it was converted to a pedestrian-only mall.

As general contractor for the $35.2 million redevelopment of Crown Square, E.M. Harris Construction oversaw the rehabilitation of 27 historic buildings into 33,000 square feet of commercial/office space and 80 affordable and market rate apartments. The project also included an extensive site work package, consisting of all new utilities, new streets and sidewalks, new parking areas, fencing and landscaping.

A partnership of two non-profits, RISE (fka RHCDA) and Old North St. Louis Restoration group, financed the development using federal new markets tax credits, federal and state historic preservation tax credits, federal and state low income housing tax credits, tax exempt financing and other sources.

Crown Square won The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association's Timmy Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation in the category "Best Historic Rehabilitation Utilizing New Markets Tax Credits." It also won awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Landmarks Association of St. Louis and the St. Louis Construction News and Review.


St. Louis, Missouri

27 Buildings
80 Apartment Units
11 Commercial Units
253,697 Square Feet