Clarendale Clayton

Clarendale Clayton is a 13-story, 406,033-SF Senior Living Community in Clayton, MO, a western suburb of St. Louis. For more than a decade, visitors to Clayton were welcomed to the upscale area by a vacant grocery store crouching at the corner of Clayton and Hanley Roads, one of the city’s major intersections. Ryan, in partnership with Life Care Services, proposed the perfect solution: a luxurious Clarendale senior living environment to seamlessly fit within the existing neighborhood. 

Drawing upon St. Louis’s deep history within the brick industry, the exterior design incorporated rich, textured masonry along with crisp, clean modern lines of concrete that mimic cut limestone and create a cohesive aesthetic with the surrounding neighborhood. The massing was intentionally set back along the western portion of the site to emulate adjacent towers lining Hanley Road to the north, while the east portion gradually transitions into the residential neighborhood context with a low-rise, three-story volume and pitched roof.

To activate the street level, a 1,837-SF retail space anchors the corner, and an enhanced pedestrian experience with added green space, benches, drinking fountains, bicycle racks and custom art buffers the community from the active intersection. Upon entering the building, residents and visitors are welcomed into a two-story lobby featuring marble, oiled bronze, brass, rich woods, and ample daylight. The interior aesthetic exudes the elegance of 1940s Modernism, a design style that blends the ornamentation of Art Deco with the minimalism of Mid-Century Modern. This design narrative creates a hospitality ambiance that pairs with the high-end resident experience throughout the dining, bar, and recreation areas of the community.

Clayton, MO
Date of Completion:
Project Size (Sq. ft)
406,033 SF
Clarendale Clayton, LLC
Life Care Services
Design Architect: Ryan A+E, Inc. – Architect of Record: ACI Boland, Inc. 
Interior Design Firm:
Interior Designer (Amenities): Oculus – Interior Designer: RDG Interiors 
Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Strengthening the community connection, independent and assisted living residents can gather in multiple large dining spaces including a central formal dining room, informal dining room, café, and bar. The community is committed to engaging the mind, body and spirit, and provides a variety of signature programming for total health and wellness, including local partnerships with the Oasis Institute and The J and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute through Washington University.

While residents are within walking distance of local dining options, they also have the convenience to enjoy a formal dining experience with an in-house chef.

As part of its commitment to engaging mind, body and spirit, Clarendale Clayton provides a variety of signature programming and spaces support total health and wellness, including a wellness center with access to salon services, fitness, physical therapy and doctor consultation.