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Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch  
400 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63102

For a 3 Night Minimum Stay Call The Hotel Sales Office:
314-554-7087  | $189 / night*

*If sold out or you don’t meet 3 night minimum, check preferred hotel booking company. 

We are proud to be able to offer you accommodations at the Westin St. Louis. You can click the button below to go directly to the reservation website.

This beautiful hotel offers a fantastic location for the conference, as well as amenities like high-speed internet, a fitness center, pet-friendly rooms, on-site parking and much more.

This special conference room rate will only last until the room block is filled, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

Overnight guests will receive 25% discount off food and soft drinks in Clark Street Grill.

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The Westin St. Louis
811 Spruce Street

St. Louis, MO 63102

Cupples Station
A Landmark in History…

The Cupples Station area is steeped in the history of St. Louis. Early beginnings in the mid 1700s are of the very first industry in the newly founded City of St. Louis: a gristmill erected on the banks of Chouteau’s Pond. Chouteau’s Pond extended from what is now 8th and Spruce Streets to 21st and Chouteau Avenue. It was a popular recreational spot for fishing, swimming, picnicking & ice-skating.

The Pond became polluted and was drained in 1852. The 1850s brought the dawn of the railroad era, and the vacant pond bed provided the perfect location for rail construction. Through the vision of Robert Brookings, partner and vice president of the Samuel Cupples Woodenware Co., “Cupples Station” was developed as a highly efficient complex where good could be stores, inventoried, loaded and unloaded directly into rail cars. The vast scale of its centralized operations set new standards in the American freight industry.

Brookings set about acquiring land from 7th to 11th between Clark and Poplar Streets, and during the years 1894-1917 constructed a number of warehouses which transformed the mercantile trade of St. Louis. Designed mostly by the St. Louis firm of Eames & Young, shipping rooms and platforms in basements were engineered to be strictly fireproof and separated from the remainder of the buildings so that shipping and receiving could be carried on before and after business hours. Switches and rail spur lines rain directly in the basements of buildings where merchandise could be loaded and unloaded, good weather or bad.

Another key innovation reported by “Engineering News” in 1895, was the largest single installation of hydraulic elevators in the world (52 in all) which conveyed goods easily from basement loading areas to upper floors. The 1880s and 1890s were the ages of innovation in America, and Cupples Station was a prime example of private sector ingenuity.

With advances in methods of transportation and changes in warehouse design to more efficient single level buildings, Cupples Station became increasingly obsolete. Some buildings were lost to fires, and others were demolished for interstate ramps and Bush Stadium. In 1971 the ten remaining buildings were designated City Landmarks to spare them from demolition.

In the spring of 1900 Samuel Cupples and Robert Brookings donated the St. Louis Terminal Cupples Station and Property Co. to Washington University. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri acquired the complex in the early 1990s from Washington University. McCormack Baron, acting as consultants, prepared much of the groundwork for the mixed-used development to be completed over the next few years.

From Brookings’ vision we will again make Cupples Station an active and vital part of downtown St. Louis. Our beginning is a four-star Westin Hotel….