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    Public Art - "Thinker on a Rock" at Wash U

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 25, 2004

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    Hare-brained?

    Favorite thing: A recent addition to the Hilltop campus at Washington U. is this sculpture by Welsh artist Barry Flanagan. He specializes in hares - this piece is called "Thinker on a Rock." It's located in between Graham Chapel and the Mallinckrodt Center.

    I've put additional snapshots of the Wash. U campus in a travelogue.

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    University City - Delmar Loop - City Hall

    by yooperprof Written Jun 25, 2004

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    Octagonal tower

    Favorite thing: The University City City Hall is at the western end of a section of Delmar Boulevard called by locals "the Delmar Loop". Back in streetcar days, this was "the end of the line" where the trams literally did "loop around" before heading back downtown. Well, the streetcars are long gone, but the name "the Delmar Loop" has stuck for this section of the city.

    University City is a separate city from St. Louis, incorporated in the late 19th century when the city of St. Louis fatefully "seceded" from the county of St. Louis and became it's own "independent" entity. Its name derives from its location smack dab on the north side of the campus of Washington University.

    I've called University City's City Hall "the R2 D2 building". Can you see why?

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    UC - Delmar Loop - Community Music School

    by yooperprof Written Jun 25, 2004

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    Temple of Music

    Favorite thing: The Community Music School is affiliated with Webster University and is home to musical events of all kinds throughout the year. It's located at the western end of the Delmar Loop in what was once a synagogue.

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    St. Louis Zoo

    by miner Written Feb 25, 2003

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    WE BROUGHT THESE MONKEYS  HOME

    Favorite thing: I would have to visit the zoo at Forest Park.For a family outing there is something there that would intewrest almost everyone.My wife and daughters were not especially thrilled with the reptile exhibit but they enjoyed the rest of the zoo.

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    Downtown - "Schupp" Building (1896)

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    nice corner lot

    Favorite thing: The "Schupp" Building, at the corner of 4th and Pine Street downtown, exemplifies the popular Beaux Art style that was especially prevalent in St. Louis in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has been well-preserved and renovated by its current owner, a company that specialized in promotion and advertizing. Originally, this was the "Mississippi Valley Trust" building, but it has gone through numerous owners and uses since its 1896 opening.

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    Public Art - "The Runner" fountain at Kiener Plaza

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 20, 2008

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    he can probably can walk on water, too

    Favorite thing: "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.

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    Downtown - "Bank of America Plaza" (1981)

    by yooperprof Written Jun 20, 2008

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    window washers wanted:  apply within

    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.

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    Downtown - S.G. Adams/Bell Telephone Bldg. (1891)

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This was originally the HQ of the Bell Telephone Company in St. Louis; now it is loft apartments, with a nifty small grocer on the ground floor. The building is in a fascinating version of the American Romanesque style of the 1890s, with prominent rounded arches on the fourth and sixth floors. Interestingly, it was designed by the Architectural firm of Shepley Rutan & Coolidge, the successor company to H. H. Richardson.

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    Downtown - Civil Courts (1930)

    by yooperprof Written Jun 21, 2008

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    halls of justice
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    Favorite thing: The Civil Courts Building (sometimes called the St. Louis Pyramid!) is one of the most distinctive structures in this or any other American city, IMHO. The top of the building has certainly a dramatic presence that few can rival. It was modeled closely after the famous Mausoleum of Maussollos, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. Featured are 32 Ionic Columns, 8 per side; each column is 42 feet high and more than 5 feet in circumfrence. Constructed mainly of Indiana limestone, the Civil Courts structure reaches a height of 386 feet; yet because it houses impressive courtrooms and not simple offices, there are only 13 floors in the building.

    Credit should be given to local architects Klipstein and Rathmann for creating a memorable courthouse that clearly conveys the central role of law and justice in American life.

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    Downtown - US Court House/Custom House (1934)

    by yooperprof Written Jun 21, 2008

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    here, the columns are on the ground
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    Favorite thing: It's interesting to compare this kind of neo-classical "Art Deco-ish" civic structure with the rather grander Civil courts building (the "St. Louis Pyramid") across the streets. Both projects were conceived during the 1920s, as part of an enormous burst of civic planning and renovation. Just a few years separate the buildings in time; but the US Courts were planned and constructed AFTER the Great Depression, and here the style is much more restrained, more pared down, minimalistic almost.

    The local architects Mauran, Russell and Crowell were responsible for the US Court House/Custom House. (Street address of 1114 Market.)

    By the way, this structure should not be confused with either the Old Courthouse - the 19th century domed building just in front of the Gateway Arch; or with the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse, recently constructed (2000) and just a few blocks away on 10th street.

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    Public Art - Ulysses S. Grant at City Hall

    by yooperprof Written Jun 21, 2008

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    All hail the hero

    Favorite thing: Civil War General and 18th United State President Ullysses Grant married a woman from a prominent St. Louis family - Julia Dent - and for several years operated a farm just outside the city limits. He is commemorated with the fine statue, the 1888 work of Robert Porter Bringhurst (1855-1924). It is said that this was the first Grant statue to be unveiled in the USA, and the ceremony attracted a crowd of thousands.

    It's located on the grounds of the St. Louis City Hall, at the corner of 12th and Market.

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    Downtown - City Hall (1898)

    by yooperprof Written Jun 21, 2008

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    St. Louis-on-the-Loire?
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    Favorite thing: St. Louis has one of the very few US city halls to be constructed in the flamboyant "French Renaissance Revival" style of the late 19th century. Perhaps fitting, though, considering the city owes its name to the most glorious and honored of French medieval kings. A large amount of Missouri pink granite was used in its construction, a project that took up most of the 1890s.

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    Downtown - Soldiers' Memorial (1936)

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    You've got to urn their respect
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    Favorite thing: The Soldiers' Memorial is a World War I museum/memorial, with office space for veteran's groups as well. It was built in the 1930s as part of the very significant program of capital improvements and new facilities undertaken by St. Louis in a burst of civic energy that lasted from the mid 1920s to the eve of World War II.

    The Soldiers' Memorial is at 108 N. 14th, at Chestnut Street.

    It's interesting to observe the continued evolution of the neo-classical style as you walk through this area of the city. In contrast with some of the earlier grand civic buildings, here at the Soldiers' Memorials the columns have completely broken from any Greek precendent: they have become purely "symbolic" in their connection with the values and meanings of the ancient world.

    The Soldiers' Memorial was created by the same firm responsible for the nearby "United States Court House and Custom house" that was opened in 1934: Mauran, Russell and Crowell. The sculptural figues which adorn the Memorial are the work of the great expressionist artist Walker Hancock (1901-1998).

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    Public Art - "Sacrifice" at the Soldiers' Memorial

    by yooperprof Written Jun 21, 2008

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    poetry in Bedford limestone
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    Favorite thing: "Sacrifice" and three other decorative figures stand prominently at the Soldiers' Memorial (World War I), a significant monument at the corner of 14th and Chestnut. They are the work of the expressionist sculptor Walker Hancock, (1901-1998), known for his commissions here in the Midwest (including the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City) and in Washington DC (work at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.)

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    Downtown - Kiel Opera House (1934)

    by yooperprof Written Jun 21, 2008

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    Ready to keel over and die?
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    Favorite thing: Empty theatres are sad; big empty theatres in the Art Deco style from the 1930s are very sad.

    Kiel Opera House - originally part of the mammoth "Municipal Auditorium" complex along Gateway Mall - has been vacant now for 17 years. The last public performance was held in the 3500-seat theatre in 1991. Yes, there has been talk . . . and you could fill a small library with all the redevelopment plans that have been bandied about.

    The Opera House was named after St. Louis Mayor Henry Kiel, who served the city from 1912 until 1925. It's located at 1400 Market.

    My memory of the Opera House: I saw Rudolf Nureyev and his Ballet Company perform "Don Quixote" here in the early 1980s!

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