Category Archives: Art & Architecture

Hidden History of Downtown St. Louis

I’m excited to announce that the Hidden History of Downtown St. Louis which I began a year ago for Arcadia Publishing has arrived locally at Barnes and Noble Book Stores, The Book House in Maplewood, Campbell House Museum downtown and … Continue reading

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The Shaw Art Fair: Neighborhood Crucible for Creativity

There will be very little history in this blog post which is instead a celebration of the arts as supported and engendered by a St. Louis neighborhood which has its origin in a British immigrant with an eye for beauty and … Continue reading

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A Grand SLAM in Forest Park

A little over a week ago on June 30, 2013 the Director, Board of Directors, Curators and Staff of the St. Louis Art Museum hit a collective Grand Slam inside Forest Park when they unlocked the doors to the new … Continue reading

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Gateway to Freedom: Commemorating the Civil War in St. Louis

We are six generations removed from the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history and it’s easy to forget, in the wake of more recent wars and philosophical conflicts, how close we came as a nation to permanent division. The costs in … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Washington Avenue

There once was a wizard named Bob Cassilly who bought a building on Washington Avenue (1509 Washington Avenue to be exact) fashioned by a wizard of an earlier age named Theodore Link. This International Building was joined by a nine-story … Continue reading

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The Nation’s and The Lou’s Old Courthouse

Only a small percentage of the thousands of people who attend Fair St. Louis this week-end will visit the Old Courthouse. But they will be in for a great surprise – the rotunda splendidly draped with Stars and Stripes for … Continue reading

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The Lou’s Starry, Musical Nights

Last Wednesday night’s Whitaker Music Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden was the most recent in The Lou’s long history of large-scale, open-air, summer-musical events – many of which originate in 19th century band concerts in the city’s parks. The … Continue reading

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