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To your health

We are very excited to announce that The York House is now offering our residents a special deal from our friends at Sante!  After lease signing, York House residents can enjoy St. Louis’ finest health club, located right next door to the York House in the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, at a special discounted rate. Sante features state-of-the-art fitness facilities and equipment, full locker room and showers, and daily group classes for activities like spinning and pilates.  Coupled with the fantastic outdoor recreation offered at Forest Park, Sante will now be another way for York House residents to extend their active lifestyles year round!

YH Custom Wallpaper Design

We have received a sample of the proposed York House wallpaper for the Historic Lobby, and are very excited.  This wallpaper was custom designed by the LID Collaborative team out of New York, NY, and it features the York House logo and pattern.  This design detail is one of the many touches LID has devised to make the York House unique, and a true boutique residence.

Hangover II Premiere

Just attended the premiere of The Hangover II next door at the Chase Park Plaza Cinemas! How great is it you can watch the movie while enjoying your own cocktail! The patio at Cafe Eau proved to be another great venue for cocktails on a beautiful evening. The scene by the pool is truly fantastic. Make sure you try the Korean tacos!



Scape pancakes in St Louis

~Scape, a great restaurant right around the corner from the York House, served a great Easter brunch buffet.  Looking forward to Scape’s Mothers Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8th.

Happy Earth Day


The earth is a weird and wonderful place. Get off your computer and go outside. Happy Earth Day!


We launched the new York House website today!  The old site, while quirky and fun, was hard to navigate for some people.  With the new website, we pushed the renderings of the building’s interior to the front, while making the rest of the site much easier to navigate.

We want to give a big Thank You to Imaginary Trout, who helped us develop this new site, and now hosts, operates, and maintains the site.  We are especially impressed with our intro, which Imaginary Trout created without using flash, so it is available for viewing on smart phones!  Also, make sure not to miss our cool neighborhood map under the Neighborhood link.  This interactive map is another custom feature designed and developed by Imaginary Trout.



Well we finally decided on our material for the kitchen and bathroom countertops—Caesarstone.  Our interior designers originally wanted to use Carrara Marble for the Kitchen countertops, and Crema Bianco Marble for the bathroom countertops.  They were pushing hard for both, but after doing a 24-hour test with wine, toothpaste, and coffee, we found that both stones failed all three stain tests.  While we are extremely focused on beauty, we are also very focused on performance, utility, and durability, and any stains would not be acceptable.  Our designers then came across a stone called “Quarzo Grigio,” and another called “Pietra de Cardosa.”  Both are rare gray stones with a beautiful diagonal movement across the surface.  Our supplier originally thought these stones were quartzite, which is sandstone that became metamorphic rock (basically means underground pressure and heat and lots of time have transformed it into a very durable stone).  However, as we started researching it more, we found out it was instead formed from the fragmentation of granitic rocks, and similar to the marble, stains from exposure to acidic substances.   We are always researching new materials and techniques, and Caesarstone, a za company founded near the ancient Roman city of Caesarea, was the world’s first company to use quartz – one of nature’s hardest materials – as the main component in its surfaces.  Although it is more expensive than marble, we know you will enjoy the gray “Raven” in the kitchen, and white Caesarstone in the bathrooms.   In the kitchens, we are still going to use Carrara Marble for the backsplashes, providing a natural stone look that works well with the Caesarstone Raven.



The Courtyard Bar around the corner from The York House is now open!


Check out our plumbing fixture selections.  We searched for fixtures that work with both the historic vibe of the building, and the contemporary overlay.  Kohler makes a great series called “Purist,” which we chose for the bathroom showers and sinks.  Kohler also makes a nice oversized, single bowl, cast-iron sink we chose for The York House kitchens.



We have used Frigidaire appliances before in residential developments, and have found them to be the most reliable appliance brand around.  Frigidaire is owned by ElectroLux, which is the top brand in Europe, and it was only recently that they have reached the broader market in the United States.  The Frigidaire Gallery Collection provides a very sleek stainless steel look, and the gas ranges and convection ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers that will be in The York House residences will provide a new benchmark for the apartment market in St. Louis.  Additionally, the kitchen and laundry appliances are ENERGY STAR – qualified!

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Sam Koplar
4931 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108

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The York House featured Ladue News

Entering the lobby of York House feels more like stepping inside a chic boutique hotel in London or Paris than an apartment building in the Central West End. But that’s exactly the kind of experience and aesthetic developers Sam Koplar and Ted Gast set out to create when they transformed the St. Louis landmark building into a modern urban residence. Located on Lindell Boulevard a few doors east of The Chase Park Plaza and Forest Park, York House is an Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Chase Ullman in 1922...

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Nostalgia York House Feature in Town & Style

The York House featured in Town & Style St. Louis

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR, 1922. The Chase hotel was created by Chase Ullman to becken travelers to our city. Just next door, Ullman created the Chase Apartments and moved into itts top floor (now known as the York House), located at 4931 Lindell Blvd. These projects, design by Preston Bradshaw, inspired Sam Koplar, a Russian immigrant and entrepreneur. He added the Park Plaza, designed by...

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This St. Louis Rental Building Gives Slick NYC Co-Ops A Run For Their Money

The York House mentioned on R29

On glowing NYC days like this, it's hard to feel anything but absolute admiration for our city -- but don't worry, we've got a healthy dose of envy, right here. We bring you the York House Apartments of St. Louis, MO., a new apartment complex that has features like custom cabinetry, oak floors, and fireplaces in the pre-war living rooms. And, well, it's making us re-evalutate our geographic choices. Okay, so our Ad director may be related to the building's developer, but the perks are undeniable: For $1,500 - $2,400 a month, these people get an average of 1,000 fully equipped square-feet...

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St. Louis Post Dispatch/STL Today | Renting appeals to many, drives up prices

Jogger runs past The York House

...In St. Louis, the latest development to tap the high-end market is York House, scheduled to open in September at 4931 Lindell Boulevard. Completed in 1922 as the Chase Apartments, the building's $12 million renovation will provide just 33 apartments on eight floors.

Chase Ullman built the structure and lived on the top floor, which developers Sam Koplar and Ted Gast are turning into a penthouse with a rooftop deck...

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St. Louis Business Journal | Koplar plans 12 million dollar Chase Apartments

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The vacant Chase Apartments building in the Central West End, once home to both residents and the KPLR-TV 11 offices, is being transformed into luxury apartment units.

Koplar and Gast are renovating the 20 existing apartment units into 32 luxury apartments as well as a private penthouse unit.

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Our Story

Sam Koplar & Ted Gast

The York House developers Sam Koplar (left) & Ted Gast (right)

In 2008, a collaboration formed with the goal of providing a unique experience for today's urban resident. Sam Koplar and Ted Gast believe that when you combine first-class apartments with a superior location, you have the perfect place to call home. Which is why they are committed to developing the 1920's building on Lindell Blvd in the Central West End into St. Louis' premiere apartment residences, serving up innovative design and attentive service. Both are acutely aware of the building's location, it's history, and it's potential, as their unique backgrounds merge to re-engineer this iconic building for the next century.

For Ted, a native St. Louisan, the York House is his first development project in St. Louis. He has been constructing and developing residential projects in California since 2001, including the Barker Brothers Lofts in Los Angeles, California, and The Glassworks Residence in San Francisco, California. The Barker Brothers Lofts is a 297-unit condominium development in downtown Los Angeles, involving the renovation of four existing warehouse buildings, and the construction of two new parking garages. Ted managed the financing and development of the $180MM project while at The Kor Group, a developer of high-end hotel and residential properties.

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Barker Brothers Lofts. Los Angeles, CA

For "The Glassworks," a mixed-use development including high-end condominiums, office space, and ground floor restaurant/retail space, Ted helped manage the construction along with his team at McCarthy Building Companies. He enjoyed transforming an empty parking lot across the street from AT&T ballpark into a modern masterpiece, and a catalyst for the Mission Bay development district of downtown San Francisco.

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Glassworks. San Francisco, CA

Sam represents the 4th generation of the Koplar family to be developing real estate in the city of St. Louis. The York House is Sam's follow up project to Maryland Plaza, a redevelopment of what was an iconic shopping district that had spent years in decay. Koplar Properties envisioned a completely new streetscape to attract modern retail, and Maryland Plaza today is St. Louis's favorite destination for high-end boutique retail, exciting nightlife, world class dining, and dynamic office space. The York House will continue Sam's great grandfather's vision of marrying the highest standards of construction quality with warm hospitality to surpass the expectations of each and every resident and guest.

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Maryland Plaza. St. Louis, MO

Building History

The York House building was completed in 1922, and originally named the Chase Apartments after its creator, Chase Ullman. Its architectural design combines elements of Neoclassical Revival with a muted Beaux Arts Style consistent with the historic character of the Central West End. It was created in an era of sophisticated urban living, and this block was at the center of it all. "Meet me in St. Louis" was filmed along Lindell Boulevard. The Chase Club next-door was the place to see celebrity performers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammie Davis Jr., Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope. These events were broadcast locally and nationally, and this block became a mainstay for entertainment in St. Louis. Later in the century, KPLR Channel 11 was headquartered in the building, and filming took place in the adjacent studio. During the flood of 1993, Peter Jennings broadcasted the ABC national news from the 4th floor of the York House.

Due to the York House's unique past, Sam and Ted feel it is important to preserve this building's spirit and sense of place. While they hope the future residents will imagine the York House as the stage for their modern lifestyle, they also hope they wonder, "What was this place?"