A church in St. Louis never just a building with a sanctuary in it. It was an entire complex, or even campus, in some instances. The church would have a parsonage, or office for the priest or pastor. And schools… Continue Reading
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.
The Central Library, by Cass Gilbert, is a masterpiece of the Beaux-Arts style, a triumph of combining ancient influences from Greece and Rome, with the best of the Italian Renaissance. The main branch of the St. Louis Public Library system… Continue Reading
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
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
I sometimes forget about the Frisco Building; it was never abandoned, and thus never gained publicity for a splashy rehabilitation. It just chugs along, probably one of the few historic skyscrapers in downtown that has never gone dark.
Built in 1911 according to the designs of the famous Mauran, Russell & Crowell, the old Laclede Gas Building is not the largest historic building in downtown, but its use of terracotta, and tan brick give it a nice appearance.
Easily one of the largest and tallest of downtown’s historic core, the Syndicate Trust is one of my favorite buildings in the city. Restored several years ago, it looks ready for another one hundred years.