“Frederick Dunn: St. Louis Modernist” – A Night at Lewis & Clark Branch Library
Date: Wednesday, October 23
Location: Lewis & Clark Branch Library Auditorium, 9909 Lewis-Clark Boulevard in North County’s Moline Acres
Join Modern STL and St. Louis County Preservation Historian Esley Hamilton for his lecture “Frederick Dunn: St. Louis Modernist” at Dunn’s historic (and threatened) Lewis & Clark Branch Library.
A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Dunn was one of St. Louis’ earliest advocates for Modern design. His works, including St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Nagel & Dunn, 1939) and the National Council of State Garden Clubs Headquarters (Dunn & Stinson, 1959), are among the best in the region.
Lewis & Clark Branch Library is no different; completed in 1963, it features incredible stained glass windows by artist Robert Harmon of Emil Frei & Associates and is by far the most architecturally significant building in the St. Louis County Library system. It is also, coincidentally, slated for demolition under SLCL’s 2012 Facilities Master Plan.
Arrive at 7pm to experience Lewis & Clark at its sunset best, and after a (quiet) stroll through its interior head downstairs to the auditorium for the lecture at 7:30pm. At the conclusion of Mr. Hamilton’s talk he and Modern STL board members will host a brief discussion of Lewis & Clark’s fate and what you can do to help prevent its demolition!