Historic Preservation
5:12 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

East St. Louis Downtown District Awaits Listing On National Register Of Historic Places

The Majestic Theatre is part of the Downtown East St. Louis Historic District.
Credit Michael Allen, Preservation Research Office

A part of downtown East St. Louis will likely be listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the end of September, and city officials hope that designation will spark revitalization.

The Downtown East St. Louis Historic District encompasses two blocks of Collinsville Avenue, a block and a half of Missouri Avenue and the south side of one block of St. Louis Avenue.

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9:53 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Reflection: Maryville Exhibit Showcases Mid-Century Modern Pioneers

Credit May Gallery At Maryville University

It’s not as if everyone were oblivious to the architecture of the middle of the 20th century in St. Louis before current interest in it took hold. Prominent mid-century landmarks that are, or were, part of our regional consciousness: the Saarinen Arch, certainly; Samuel Marx’s Clayton Famous-Barr building on Forsyth Boulevard; the Teamster’s complex on Grand Boulevard, with the space-agey former Phillips 66 station enjoying new life as a Starbucks and Chipotle restaurant, and until recently, Edward Durell Stone’s mid-1960s Busch Stadium.

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10:15 am
Mon December 23, 2013

In New Book, Eugene Mackey III Honors His Father And Gives Glimpse Of Architectural Inspiration

Eugene Mackey Jr. - July 3, 1958 - Le Pont Du Gard
Provided by Gene Mackey III

Eugene Mackey III was a college sophomore in 1958, pursuing a degree in English at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., when all of a sudden his architect father, the late Eugene J. Mackey Jr., asked him if he’d like to make a father-son six-weeks tour of Europe. The college boy said sure. Who wouldn’t?

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3:57 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

STL Design Week 2013 Seeks To Expand The Definition Of 'Design'

"Wonderland" by David Rygiol. One of the literary art pieces to be auctioned off at Central Library during STL Design Week 2013.
Zoe Scharf (Courtesy STL Design Week 2013)

From darts to bike tours to artwork made out of old books, STL Design Week 2013 is all about looking at and talking about design in new and interesting ways.

"This is the third year for Design Week, and Design Week was started by AIGA, which are graphic artists," said Margaret McDonald. "And this year it encompasses architects, illustrators, interior designers, industrial designers."

McDonald is chairperson for STL Design Week 2013, and a principal at architecture and interior design firm Arcturus.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:17 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

A Wealth Of St. Louis Architecture

Wainwright Building
(via Flickr/Reading Tom)

The St. Louis region is rich with architecturally significant and interesting structures and buildings.

There is a mix of traditional American, European and other foreign influences, side by side with a reflection of a more modern style.

The Gateway Arch often draws the most attention as the architectural focal point of St. Louis but many other structures such as the Wainwright Building, one of the world’s first skyscrapers built in 1892, and the Eads Bridge are significant.  Plus, many St. Louis’ neighborhoods are architecturally rich.

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Mid-century modern survey
4:31 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

City of St. Louis gets money to survey post-World War II buildings

The city of St. Louis has received a $24,600 grant to survey and study mid-century modern buildings, including the McDonnell Planetarium at the St. Louis Science Center.
(via Flickr/ScottSpaeth)

The city of St. Louis will spend the next two years documenting and researching area buildings that went up during the post-World War II construction boom.

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A Good Year St. Louis: Historic Preservation
12:00 pm
Sat December 24, 2011

2011 more practice than preaching for St. Louis preservation enthusiasts

4500 block of Athlone Avenue in the O'Fallon historic district
Michael Allen, Preservation Research Office


2011 was an excellent year for historic preservation in the region, and here are some of the reasons why.

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Photo of the Week
6:46 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

Priory Chapel

HOK Priory Chapel
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