Favorite thing: Constructed to house the St. Louis Board of Education in 1891, this handsome Romanesque Revival structure at 911 Locust is being converted to Loft style apartments by the Roberts Brothers. It's good to see that downtown St. Louis is trying to restore itself as a residential community, as well as a business and governmental center.
Originally the Custom House, this exuberant Beaux-Arts pile has just undergone (as of 2006) a major $35 million renovation that has transformed it into a model multi-use facility in the heart of downtown, at 815 Olive.
The major section of the first two floors house the downtown campus of Webster University, while above that the Missouri Court of Appeals operates, along with several other prominent state offices. There are a few restaurants and shops on the ground floor, along with a branch of the St. Louis Public Library!
The building was designed by Alfred Mullett, and opened its doors for the first time in 1884.
Favorite thing: The Bank of America Plaza is an attractive and shiny 31-story skyscraper at 8th and Market, on the Gateway Mall. Built at a time in the early 1980s when plate glass was "in" and trendy, the building makes a good presence because it is not located right on the street, and it respects its neighbors without trying to overwhelm them. (It reminds me in some ways of I.M. Pei's John Hancock building in Boston.0 The architect/design firm was 3D/International.
"The Runner" dominates the section of the Gateway Plaza known as Kiener Plaza. It's the work of a prominent sculptor from the first half of the 20th century, William Zorach. Zorach, born in Lithuania in 1887, immigrated to the US and took part in the famous Armory Show of contemporary art in 1913. Specializing in figurative art, he became a prominent figure in the metropolitan art scene of the 1920s and 1930s. He died in Maine in 1966.
Between 6th and 7th at Market Street.
A great starting point is the famous Gateway Arch, downtown near the Mississippi River. This huge, amazing architectural marvel, completed in the 1965, has an excellent museum inside & a very good gift shop. A National Historic monument guarantees that is is impressive. The ride up to the viewing windows at the top is worth the price, but try to go on a weekday to avoid a long line.
We had an incredible, free concert/ fireworks series outside there this last summer; I went 4 times! The Fourth of July weekend has a big event with music, food & fireworks. I've enjoyed that, too, sitting right under the Arch! You can count on this event happening again in 2008.
Fondest memory: The first time I saw the Arch was in 1966. I was visiting the city for a youth conference. My host made a point of driving us by the Arch. It still impresses after all these years!
This site might be useful and interesting for the traveler. It has many, many links to all the cultural things & places AND much more. The tourist information is there, plus what our citizens need to know.
I use it all the time, to get information fast. I really do rely on it.
You can link to Forest Park's Boat House & find out how to rent a peal boat, too.
Try www.artszipper.com for a fantastic cultural events calendar for this region!!! From art exhibits to indie festivals to films and other shows -- it is all here! With links to other sites, color photos galore --- and all very neatly arranged to make it easy to see what is happening on any date you wish to check on.
This is a sort of a revision of another site, that I have used many times, but this one is SO much better! Very user friendly & you can send notices to friends very easily on it, too, with an editable, personal message included.
If I were to go to St Louis again for the first time, I would head for the St Louis Arch. We have been going there for 20+ years (my husbands family lives there) and did not visit the Arch until last November! The view from the top is awesome, the RIDE to the top is...fun if you are not claustrophobic.... and the pictures we took of the Arch itself and the surrounding area were unforgetable!!!! We had a great time!!! There is also a film to watch that is really interesting about the construction of the Arch!
A wonderful time!!
Finished in 1874, this was the first bridge across the Mississippi. It is built of structural steel and it's abutments were built using pnuematic cassions, the deepest ever reached at that time. There are two levels. The lower level for railroad and the upper level for cars. As traffic increased, the railroad level was closed. In the 1990's, it was rehabilitated for use by a light rail public transportation system connection the airport with downtown and East St. Louis, Illinois. Later the traffic lane was shut down and there was talk of making it a pedestrian walkway. I don't know what was done.
Historic Bridges of the US
is the web site of a hip local magazine about food.
I love to use it to find a new place to eat in the St. Louis area.
the site has a really good events calendar now, too. Quite useful! Try it!
At your hotel or at the St. Louis Information Center, you can get a free map of St. Louis.
Walkabout and/or use the Metrolink/Metrobus to get around the major landmarks of St. Louis.
Do not miss the St. Louis riverfront and the famous Busch Stadium which is the homebase of St Louis Cardinals basketball team as well as the Old St. Louis Union Station for shopping and dining.
This is a majestic Old Courthouse which is one of St. Louis landmark buildings for over 150 years.
There are several permanent exhibits inside with special events.
The courthous is famous courthouse for historical trials.
1) Freeing of black slave in 1847.
2) For woman's right to vote in the 1870s.
There is a tour to learn more about American 19th century court and law. But did not have time to join.
This beautiful building located at Market Street was a very busy train station but is now converted into a shopping, restaurant, entertainment and a major hotel.
Worth spending an hour or two to explore.
Location: Market Street. Betwen18th Street and 20th Steet, St. Louis Downtown.
The culture. It is a melting pot of cultures. You see it in the streets, the shops, and the restaurants.
Fondest memory: Christmas in Downtown St. Louis. I remember one particular Christmas, I must of been 4 or 5, when mom bundled me up in a new fancy warm purple coat and boots and cap to match. Mom and dad took me downtown to window shop and look at all the new movable Christmas displays. I remember admiring all the street Christmas lights and displays. How even the street lights had decorations on them. Oh how many times mom and dad would lift me up, mom had one arm and dad the other, and they would lift me up to keep me from having to step up the curb. I remember bringing home all kinds of little toys, especially from Walgreens. Toys like metal wind up airplanes and those big wood puzzles that smelled like real wood and those GREAT BIG COLORING BOOKS.
Favorite thing: i love everything about st.louis, and what i like most, is my home town of webster groves. i would recomend to anyone that was thinking of moving to st. louie to check out webster groves as the place to live. i grew up there and have the best memories a person could want. the homes are so full of character, the people are wonderful on the average, the neighborhoods can be downright picturesque, and it is a great place to raise kids and have them grow up. i am forty five years old and live in california. as i am writing this letter, i am wearing a ' webster groves statesmen ' highschool shirt. that's what i think about that town.