As the Lewis and Clark Branch hangs in the balance, Modern STL returns to discuss the library’s history, design, and potential reuse, with a presentation on successful additions to historic libraries throughout Saint Louis City. Options for adding to Lewis and Clark will be also presented as part of a broader discussion of whether the building can be adapted to 21st century uses while respecting its mid-20th century past.
Maryville University presents the exhibit
Suburban Modernism: The Architecture and Interior Design of Ralph & Mary Jane Fournier
with special thanks to Modern STL, American Institute of Architects St. Louis Scholarship Fund, and Maryville University.
An exhibit curated by:
Jessica Senne, AIA, NCIDQ
Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Location: Morton J. May Foundation Gallery
Dates: January 13 – February 22, 2014.
Reception: January 16, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Financial Assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency.
“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!
Join Modern STL for the seventh annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day, a national event celebrating modernism in forty cities across the country. This year we’re highlighting modernism along Hampton Avenue, starting with a behind-the-scenes tour of W. A. Sarmiento‘s incredible International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Local One Headquarters from 1957, and followed by a walking tour of the thoroughfare between I-44 and Watson.
Development of Hampton Avenue came later than the city’s other major north-south corridors, making it an opportune site for mid-century commercial development in the postwar era. Along Hampton from Forest Park to the River Des Peres is an impressive array of modern buildings built for retail, office, medical and institutional uses. Architects included in the mix range from Minoru Yamasaki to local firm Study, Farrar & Majers. Hampton offers the city’s largest collection of modern non-residential buildings built after World War II, which still are understudied – and threatened – resources.
The tour will take approximately two hours, after which we’ll reconvene for cocktails at the legendary Hideaway Restaurant and Lounge at Hampton and Arsenal. If you haven’t been, you definitely won’t want to miss this virtually untouched 1960s dive, named alternately the “Best Blast from the Past,” “The Best Place to Slow Dance,” and the “Best Place to Drown Your Sorrows” by the Riverfront Times. NOTE: Smoking is allowed indoors but outdoor seating is available, so we hope to see you there!