Reflections on Harris Armstrong at the Ethical Society

Posted on 24. Apr, 2015 by in Events

Modern STL members explore the Ethical Society on a bus tour in 2011.

Modern STL members explore the Ethical Society on a bus tour in 2011.

Andrew Raimist, AIA helps the Ethical Society celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a lecture on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm with his reflections on Harris Armstrong’s designs, shedding light on the architect’s creative process and the Society’s journey from its original St. Louis City home in the Sheldon Memorial to the current iconic mid-century modern structure on Clayton Road in 1965.

Preliminary design and models will be presented as well as the evolution toward its ultimate form. Armstrong’s other designs for religious structures will be discussed as well as significant modernist religious structures designed by his contemporaries.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm lecture, reception following the lecture

Location: The Ethical Society, 9901 Clayton Road

Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park’s Annual Lecture, April 29

Posted on 22. Apr, 2015 by in Events


Details here.

Mid-Century Modern: Materials and Preservation Symposium, April 14-16

Posted on 12. Apr, 2015 by in Events



The Friends of NCPTT, the World Monument Fund, the American Institute for Architects St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are partnering for a jointly organized symposium on the preservation of Mid-Century Modern Structures. The meeting will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-16, 2015. A public lecture will precede the meeting on Monday evening, April 13 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Details online here.

Another MCM Loss in Clayton, City Without a Preservation Ordinance

Posted on 08. Dec, 2014 by in Advocacy


In early November, the diminutive neo-formalist bank building at 7520 Forsyth Boulevard — shown here standing its ground against encroaching high-rise development — bit the dust. The straw-strewn site of what was built as the St. Louis County National Bank’s Auto Bank in 1970 no doubt will lure new development, while marking the failure of Clayton to review demolition at all.

Clayton has no historic preservation ordinance at all, so while the AAA and owner of the “flying saucer” were denied demolition in the City, owners of similar landmarks in the second downtown can demolish with impunity.

If the clustered concrete columns oft the little bank do not strike your eye’s fancy, perhaps the streamline curve of the 1948 Samuel Marx-designed Famous-Barr store across the street does. Or the International Style mass of Harris Armstrong’s award-winning Shanley Building of 1937 a few blocks away. the owners of these buildings also could demolish them at any time without public review, under Clayton’s current system.