HGTV has a show called "Curb Appeal" in which relatively bland houses are given exterior makeovers. While the "after" pictures are always amazing, it's surprising at how big of a difference subtle improvements can make. This could be said not only for houses, but for downtown properties as well.
I recently came across the picture of a modern building in Austin shown above, and it got me thinking about how much better 505 Washington, a somewhat similar building that happens to be one of my favorites, could look like with just some minor improvements.
505 is actually a bit more interesting than the Austin building, architecturally speaking, with its creative embellishments above the windows and interesting materials. It looks good now, but as seen in the picture of the Austin building, the addition of street trees and lighting would really accentuate 505's facade. Of course, a St. Louis City flag flying from the flagpole by the entrance would be a nice touch as well.
It's relatively simple fixes like this that could go a long way toward sprucing up downtown and making buildings like 505 more marketable and desirable. I'd love to see 505 Washington receive a little curb appeal!