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Amy and Amrit Gill (P)

February 1, 2019

Amy and Amrit Gill, current parents, were featured in the 2.01.19 issue of Ladue News, in an article titled "Passion in Preservation": "Amrit and Amy Gill started their careers in construction, but along the way, they became what Amy Gill calls “building huggers,” fascinated with architecture and the historic spaces around them. In 2001, the husband-and-wife team founded their own development company called Restoration St. Louis, with the mission of strengthening and enhancing communities by redeveloping neglected neighborhoods and making them great places to live, work and play. 'We get very entrenched in every neighborhood we renovate,' Amrit Gill says. In the years since the company’s founding, the Restoration St. Louis team has braved historic undertakings like restoring The Moolah and The Coronado in midtown St. Louis and dozens of projects in The Grove business district of St. Louis’ Forest Park South East neighborhood. 'We’ve renovated over 400 historic properties in the Midwest,' Amrit Gill says. Along with the St. Louis area, the Gills have also done a variety of projects in Davenport, Iowa. Of those 400-plus projects, all have a common theme: They have soul. And they have to because historic renovations often cost at least twice as much as new builds. 'In a new build, you don’t have to get rid of lead and asbestos,' Amrit Gill says. 'You don’t have to worry about how the column grids are. You do it the way you want it. But [historic projects] take a lot more day-to-day attention.' One of the Gills’ recent labors of love is the brand-new Hotel St. Louis, which opened just before Christmas in downtown St. Louis. Originally built between 1891 and 1893 by Adler and Sullivan, Architects, the Union Trust Building underwent a $68 million facelift from the Gills and their team. It’s now a Marriott Autograph hotel – St. Louis’ first – and features 140 rooms, 14 apartments, one penthouse, two restaurants, a pool and a spa. It also features meeting rooms and a grand ballroom." Read the whole article here