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Shriners Hospital building

Tarlton Corp. completed the $28 million rehab of the former Shriners hospital and Central Institute for the Deaf into 160 apartments known as The Core for owner Washington University. (Handout)

St. Louis-based construction firm Tarlton Corp. has finished a $28 million rehab of the former Shriners Hospital for Children and Central Institute for the Deaf into the 160-unit Core Apartment Residences.

The apartments, on Euclid Avenue in the Central West End, are owned by a Washington University development arm, which got the buildings placed on the National Register of Historic Places to qualify for historic tax credits.

The two buildings were designed by celebrated St. Louis architect William B. Ittner in the Renaissance Revival style. The 78,000 square-foot Shriners Hospital was constructed in 1924 and was the largest in a national network of free hospitals created by The Shriners fraternal society to treat disabled children. The 51,000 square-foot Central Institute for the Deaf, founded by Dr. Max Aaron Goldstein, opened in 1929 as a school for deaf children and to train teachers in deaf education. 

Shriners closed the 100-bed hospital in 1963 after it relocated the operation to 2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard, in Frontenac. 

Shriners sold the Ittner-designed hospital to Washington University shortly after its closure and, decades later, moved back to the city when it opened its $50 million, 12-bed orthopedic hospital in 2015 at 4400 Clayton Avenue. Its former Frontenac site is being redeveloped by The Desco Group as an $80 million commercial project anchored by Life Time Fitness

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