Sachs Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden

After being closed the vast majority of my life, the Missouri Botanical Garden’s museum, one of the oldest buildings in St. Louis, finally opened up again as the Stephen and David Sachs Museum. Originally built by Henry Shaw, the Sachs Museum was built in 1859 according to plans by his favorite architect, George I. Barnett.

Richard Henry Furhmann, Shaw’s Museum at Shaw’s Garden, Missouri History Museum, P0764-00726-4a

Built far out in the country, the museum was even outside the fortifications built to protect the city during the Civil War.

It sits to the northeast of Tower Grove House, among an ornamental Victorian Period garden.

You can see how soft the brick is, betraying the age of the building.

The north side of the museum looks to be the formal entrance to the edifice.

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