Paul Gauguin at the Saint Louis Art Museum

Paul Gauguin, French, 18481903; Reclining Tahitian Women, 1894; oil on canvas; 23 5/8 38 9/16 inches; Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen EXH36.8 I wanted to let readers know there’s less than a week left to see a really wonderful exhibition of the work of Paul Gauguin at the Saint Louis Art Museum, closing on September…

Lindell Boulevard Water Main Break

Update: There was a water main break nearby in July of 2020. I imagine everyone in the St. Louis region, and perhaps even some outside, heard about the breakage of the 30 inch cast iron water main under Lindell Boulevard, just east of Union Boulevard where Park Road cuts off for a short distance. I…

Cabanne House, Forest Park

The Cabanne House is named after Jean Pierre Cabanne, one of the landowners of what became Forest Park. It was designed in 1879 by John McNamara in the Second Empire style as the residence of the park’s superintendent, and functioned as such for years. It is an amazing surviving example of the exuberant variation of…

Rachel Whiteread at the Saint Louis Art Museum

I had the opportunity to attend the media preview of the Rachel Whiteread special exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum. In the museum business, we often remark that when a special exhibit first opens, there’s a crush of press, but then everybody forgets about it for the remaining three months (the standard length of…

Saint Louis Art Museum

I guess I have never done a real post on the Saint Louis Art Museum, save for one post years ago right before construction began on the new wing, forever covering up the southeastern entrance. As many people might know, the museum was designed by Cass Gilbert, who would go on to design the Central…

Old Kingshighway

A long time ago, Kingshighway went straight north, and then doglegged right in front of Barnes Hospital, before turning right in front of Forest Park (did you know technically there are a couple of acres of Forest Park east of the current curved alignment to this day?). When Highway 40 was built, that giant cloverleaf…