Modernism Reborn: Happy Hour at Rooster on South Grand Next Thursday

Posted on 14. May, 2015 by in Events


When: Thursday, May 21 at 5:30 PM
Where: Rooster, 3150 S. Grand
Cost: Free, cash bar

With the Missouri General Assembly set to adjourn peacefully, it is time to take a look at what historic tax credits can do for a mid-century modern building. We’ll gather at the South Grand location of popular restaurant Rooster, which once was the Hamiltonian Federal Savings and Loan Association. The International style building dates to 1961 and comes from the drawing board of the firm Winkler & Thompson, which had never produced a modernist building before this curious gem.

Rooster owner Dave Bailey will speak about the building — what drew him to it and how the process of renovation proceeded. Michael Allen of the Preservation Research Office will also speak on the building’s history and what was needed to get it listed in the National Register of Historic Places (it had been excluded from the neighborhood historic district based on age and style).

Come toast the power of transforming modern buildings and the successful use of historic tax credits for the recent past!

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.