A Beaux-Arts architect left nothing to chance, assiduously designing every aspect of a commission. Even the lamppost, such as the one above, received first class treatment, and was not purchased on-line from Home Depot. The flag pole, above and below,… Continue Reading
The main portal, with archways inspired by the Barberini Palace, possesses important names from literature. The largest names: Goethe, Milton and Racine, represent the major languages of St. Louis, German, English and French. In the roundels below those three names,… Continue Reading
The details and craftsmanship of the Central Library shows in things such as the balustrade, or the bronze work, or the terrazzo vaulting.
Built for Eastman Kodak, this small building that now houses the Thaxton on Olive Street shows that not all wonderful buildings in downtown are huge. Some are quite small, and quite beautiful.
Designed by Klipstein and Rathmann and completed in 1930, the Civil Courts Building was probably one of the last generation of major Beaux-Arts buildings in America. Its form is based off the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, with an extended base but… Continue Reading
The small details, such the Flamboyant Gothic bell tower, to the lettering on a cornerstone, Christ Church Cathedral is a fascinating structure. Below, when the bell tower was built in the Early Twentieth Century, a window was blocked up, below.… Continue Reading
One of the oldest churches in the city, Christ Church Cathedral is a nice example of Gothic Revival. As is blatant in the front portals and tower, there were later, early Twentieth Century additions, creating one of the few errors… Continue Reading
Designed by H. William Kirchner in 1905, what later became the home to Ludwig Aeolian Building, this narrow building reminds us that not all the great treasures of downtown are massive office buildings. Inspired by the Renaissance and the architecture… Continue Reading