May 10, 2014
Meet at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, Lindell entrance
$5 for non-members (free for members)
Every St. Louisan knows Lindell Boulevard, but they might not always look close enough to seethe wide array of modern architecture tucked between the revival-style apartment towers and mansions. Between 1939 and 1977, Lindell Boulevard was reshaped through the construction of major and minor modern works, ranging from the jet-set Optimist Club Building (1962; Schwarz & Van Hoefen) to the elliptical AAA Building (W.A. Sarmiento, 1976). Today, Lindell again is caught up in the city’s efforts to remake itself, with some modern gems polished to shine again while others are threatened in the name of progress.
The St. Louis County Library Board of Trustees meets next on Monday, April 21st at 3:30pm in the Headquarters Branch Auditorium, 1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard. If you missed March’s SLCL Board of Trustees meeting, please join Modern STL at this month’s meeting to testify against the demolition of Lewis and Clark Library. Though we’ve broadened our efforts to include calling for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley to take a stand on the library’s Facilities Master Plan, it’s important to continue expressing our concerns to the library board itself. Your voice does make a difference – this issue has been woefully under-reported by local media outlets, so the more we show up in force the greater impact we’ll have. Modern STL certainly made an impression at March’s meeting, so let’s do it again!
And if you haven’t yet written to County Executive Charlie Dooley to express your concerns about his Library Board’s actions, please do so now! Modern STL has provided a form letter for your use in part or in total on our website here — if you’re in a hurry, just copy, paste, sign, and you’re ready to go.
If you’re hankering for some modernism this month, check out April 30th’s Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebworth Park Annual Lecture on the fabulous restoration of Cincinnati’s formerly threatened 1938 Rauh House, designed by Washington University graduate John Becker for the family of Emily Rauh Pulitzer. For more details, see FLWHEP’s website here.
On April 2, nextSTL alerted readers that several mid-century modern buildings in Clayton face demolition threats. Modern STL will provide updates as we learn more.
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