When it was constructed in 1889, the 13-story Ames Building was the first skyscraper in Boston. The wealthy Ames family owned the hugely successful agricultural tool business, Ames Plow, launched in the late 1770s. Ames Plow picked a pinnacle point in downtown Boston on which to construct its corporate home, One Court Street, just off Washington Mall. Now the unique building may be transformed into a boutique hotel.
When it began as a lumber business in the 1920s, Forest City Enterprises Inc. focused more on sticks than bricks. It was formed in Cleveland by four siblings of the Ratowczwer family, which took on the surname of Ratner after immigrating to America from Poland.
When Stan Ross began his real estate career in 1961, the industry wasn't nearly as sophisticated as it is today. Career opportunities were limited to development, construction, property management and basic finance.
With an infusion of capital from a new owner, the historic Chase Park Plaza hotel in St. Louis is kicking off a $95 million renovation that will transform its adjacent Park Plaza residential tower into additional hotel rooms, corporate apartments and high-end condominiums.
Just a few years into his NFL career, Roger Staubach was already thinking about life after football. The salaries of professional athletes in the 1970s weren't what they are today, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback was married with three kids.
Growing up as the only daughter of legendary Dallas developer Trammell Crow, Lucy Crow Billingsley was raised in the finest Southern belle tradition.By the time she got to college, the debutante couldn't wait to rip off the long white gloves