Adaptive Reuse in Saint Louis, MO at U-Haul Moving & Storage at Kingshighway

Serving U-Haul customers since 1977, this facility was built through Adaptive Reuse of an abandoned building.

Building History

In the late 1940s, when U-Haul was still in its infancy, the American Stove Company was in its prime, churning out Magic Chef gas ranges that ended up in homes around the world. Their former headquarters were in St. Louis, in the facility that’s now home to U-Haul Moving and Storage at Kingshighway Blvd.  The Magic Chef building was recognized for the architect’s early adherence to the principles of modernism.  It was built in 1947 by  St. Louis architect, Harris Armstrong (1899-1973).  This building is known for its illuminated ceiling design, which brought in natural light and signage to direct visitors to the lobby and Magic Chef showroom. Cooks everywhere—in restaurants and residential kitchens—loved their Magic Chef, and the Magic Chef name became so popular that, in 1951, American Stove Company changed its name to Magic Chef, Inc. The next few decades saw ownership of the company change several times, and the company vacated the Kingshighway Blvd. location. After Magic Chef left the building, it was used as a health-care facility for a few years. Following that, the iconic building sat vacant for nearly 10 years until U-Haul purchased it in 1977. U-Haul immediately got to work transforming the Magic Chef building into a full-service moving and self-storage facility. Today, U-Haul Moving and Storage at Kingshighway Blvd. offers U-Haul truck and trailer rentals, box sales, hitch installations, propane, climate-controlled self-storage rooms and U-Box portable storage pods. The facility certainly has come a long way from making Magic Chef ranges in the 1940s and 50s, but thanks to U-Haul going to great lengths to retain many of its key elements, it remains one of the more recognizable buildings in St. Louis.

Environmental Impact

Serving U-Haul customers since 1977, this facility was built through Adaptive Reuse of an abandoned building. Adaptive Reuse promotes infill development in an effort to strengthen communities, with the following benefits achieved at this site:

  • 7 tons of metal manufacturing & transportation prevented
  • 5,804 tons of new concrete pours avoided
  • 5,812 tons of construction and demolition debris prevented

Energy-efficiency and waste-reduction programs at this facility provide the following estimated benefits each year for this Saint Louis community:

  • 84,000 kWh annual energy savings
  • Steel Use

    Steel Production 7 tons (6 tonnes) of steel manufacturing and delivery saved to date

  • Energy Use

    Energy 84,000 kWh annual energy savings

  • Concrete Use

    Concrete 5,804 tons (5,267 tonnes) of new concrete pours avoided to date

  • CO2 Emissions

    Emissions 0 lbs (0 kgs) of greenhouse gas emissions prevented

  • Landfill Debris

    Landfill Debris 5,812 lbs (5,274 kgs) of construction debris prevented

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