Marquette Building, Revisited

Wow, it’s been a really long time since I looked at the Marquette Building, one of the first major historic office buildings rehabbed in downtown St. Louis.

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The last time I was there, it was still under construction, and the cornice had not been restored.

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It is truly an amazing building, and standing in front of it, you realize that it is also a very large building.

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The new cornice looks good; from the ground and without a telephoto lens, you can’t tell that it’s made of metal(?) or PVC(?).

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It’s an interesting hybrid as well, with more conservative Beaux-Arts elements down below with much more Sullivanesque elements on the floors above.

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  1. Ann Houx says:

    I have been seeking information on the Marquette Club building in St. Louis built sometime between about 1875 and 1895. I presently own the Bruce Sandstone Quarries in Warrensburg (there was mention that the stone on the Winkelman house came from one of the quarries in Warrensburg). I have been doing research on the quarries (Bruce and Pickel) and many buildings in St. Louis were constructed of the Warrensburg Sandstone. Lawrence Bruce and Jacob Pickel both owned cut stone businesses in St. Louis. In 1895, Lawrence Bruce listed the Marquette Club and Christian Brothers College in St. Louis among the buildings using stone from his quarries. Jacob Pickel listed several St. Louis building including the Chamber of Commerce (Merchant’s Exchange), Museum of Fine Arts, Lindell Hotel (2nd) and the Second Baptist Church. Thanks for the posting on the demise of the Winkelman house. I was sorry to see it go.

    1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood MO says:

      Call CBC at 314-985-6100. Punch in ext 6097 for Patrick Walsh, Dir. of Comm. or 6098, Joe Gunn, Alumni Dir. – tell them Tom from ’58 sent you (they know me). There is a school historian, but I’ve forgotten his name. I know there is quite a bit of info on the 1882 building.
      I presume the CBC you are writing about was the one that burned in 1916?
      A page from the school’s site that contains some info and a photo of the Old-old building (1882) is here: http://www.cbchs.org/cbchspublic/AboutCBC/AboutCBC.aspx?v=r2_c1

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