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Southern Illinois/C. L. Gray Construction Company - 1936

 

The Southern Illinois Construction Company was organized in 1898 in East St. Louis. It changed its name to C.L. Gray Construction (named after the company president) in 1906. The organizers of the company were C. L. Gray and William Edinger, both of whom had been individual contractors in and about the city for a number of years.

At the time of consolidating their interests the office of the company was located at 2000 St. Louis Ave. operated a planing mill and lumber yard and cut stone yard in connection with their general contracting business. The business grew to an extent that it covered an entire city block of ground, between the Southern and Terminal Belts, and the general moved to downtown St. Louis.

In 1907, the organization consisted of C. L. Gray, president and manager, J. F. Schlafly, vice-president, and W. E. Wimmer, secretary and assistant manager.

From the beginning it has been the aim of this organization to control as nearly as possible every branch of work entering into the construction of a building, thereby being able to produce at first cost, and by having full control directly they have been able to erect large structures in record-breaking time. The company erected the Buckingham Hotel, a seven story structure with able to erect large structures in record-breaking time. The company erected the Buckingham Hotel, a seven story structure with 270 rooms and 126 bath rooms. It was opened on May 1st, 1904 to coincide with the beginning of the St. Louis World's Fair. The company also built the Pierce Building with 1,000 offices, and the Victoria Building, another office complex, in St. Louis. The company has erected hundreds of other buildings in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana.

 

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