South Entrance Lodge, Tower Grove Park

I can’t find much information about the South Entrance Lodge of Tower Grove Park, but it is a wonderful building combining a mostly Romanesque Revival Style structure with elements of the Baroque Revival. It sits close to the Arsenal Entrance and Center Cross Street, and the busy cut-through traffic from Tower Grove Avenue and Magnolia…

Ruins, Tower Grove Park

The architectural ruins around the pond in the center of Tower Grove Park evoke the “garden follies” of European palace grounds. These stones are imbued with even more resonance; they come from some of the most famous buildings of the Nineteenth Century in St. Louis.

Tower Grove Park, Sunset

Tower Grove Park is one of the jewels of St. Louis, and it is just as beautiful as the more famous Forest Park, with a fraction of the crowds. What is interesting is that Henry Shaw laid out the park, and built most of the pavilions, long before the city reached out to the park. …

Shaw’s Garden

Tower Grove House in the Botanical Gardens is one of those great examples of Italianate architecture in the middle of the city. Above is what I consider one of the iconic images of the garden, looking through the gates of the oldest portion of the institution. The entire house is surrounded and framed by various…

Tower Grove Park Superintendent House

I was able to tour the inside of the Tower Grove Park House, which is restored back to its original appearance. The house sits in a grove of trees, surrounded by the park. I would find it a little unsettling to live in the middle of a park in the city, with no neighbors. See…