St. Louis' City Hall, a massive stone building at the corner of Tucker and Market streets, was designed in 1890, when the city was still among the half-dozen largest cities in the country. Roughly modeled after the city hall in Paris, the building was not completed until 1904, just in time for the St. Louis World's Fair. Besides the glorious marble rotunda, with its grand staircase, three floors of colonnaded balconies, arches and vast skylight above, the main room of interest is the Board of Aldermen's chambers. There are interesting murals on the Market Street and Clark Avenue entrances.
This museum preserves a wide range of military artifacts in the memory of fallen soldiers who served in the United States military. Featuring artifacts of all branches of the military, Soldiers' Memorial Military Museum serves as a constant reminder of what these men and women sacrificed for their country. This memorial museum has space to accommodate school tours and veteran and groups, and is open to the general public as well. It also offers programs to assist and raise money for homeless veterans.
Central Public Library was designed by Cass Gilbert of New York City (who also designed the Woolworth Building in New York) and was opened to the public in 1912. Financed in part by a USD 500,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, the USD 1.5 million Renaissance Revival building is one of the finest public buildings in St. Louis. It is built of Maine granite and approached by a monumental staircase on the Olive Street side; the jewel of the building is probably the two storey central hall, which is covered by a lavishly decorated, ceiling. Numerous ceilings in other rooms are based on models from Renaissance Florence.
Fans of Gothic architecture will not want to miss this fine example of the style, complete with a belfry tower flanked by gargoyles. The church's most impressive feature, however, is found inside behind the altar, an area graced by intricate carved screens called reredos made of stone from France. Parishioners held the first service in this church on Christmas Day of 1867. It is the seat of the oldest Episcopal parish to be established west of the Mississippi River. Free tours are conducted weekdays inside the cathedral that is a National Historic Landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This is one place that offers a little something for everyone. Sports fans and fun seekers must visit this glass and steel marvel of a building. This venue is the home of the St. Louis Blues NHL hockey team. Many events for children are held here, like Sesame Street shows and ice skating events with Mickey Mouse and friends. The arena often hosts a variety of large arena concerts featuring top-tier performers such as Justin Timberlake, Drake, Bruno Mars, and Pink, to name a few.
In 1857, Judge John Lucas signed the deed on this park, without knowing that it would one day become such a widely appreciated landmark. Situated in the downtown area, the Lucas Garden Park offers solitude to those seeking quiet time as well as fun for parents taking their children out to play. Located behind the old library, this park exhibits a fountain that flows with babbling sounds and a playground that entices children to join in the fun.
The Market Street of St. Louis lays spread right in the center of the city, along the stretch of the downtown area. One of the prominent streets of the city, the Market Street connects with the Interstate 64, and other major avenues of roadways of the city, thus making it a prime real estate location. So, visitors to the city would be recommended to start their exploration of the city from this street, which is lined with several shops, restaurants, bars, and other entertainment haunts. The street also features prominently in many of the city's events, such as the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which starts off here, and the Market Street Blues Festival. Call to know more.
The St. Louis garment district has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. Among the businesses that have thrived here throughout the past 180 years are many new studios, galleries and cafes. Some buildings have been rehabbed as loft apartments. The loft district, as it is known, is home to many artists who have made their livings from the very buildings that once housed garment plants. These historic buildings now serve well both as studio lofts and as homes to families. The loft district is worth a visit from travelers.
A massive and architecturally important building in the center of downtown, the Old Post Office opened in 1884 after more than a dozen years of effort and expenditure that went into millions of dollars. Built of Missouri red granite and Maine gray granite, the building was designed in the French Second Empire style and greatly resembles its contemporary in Washington, D.C., the Old Executive Office Building. By 1961, the building was virtually empty, with its federal courtrooms and offices having moved to newer buildings. Targeted for demolition, the Old Post Office survived only after a 15-year, nationwide effort by preservationists.
This aristocratic Victorian home-turned-museum is the only survivor of the Locust Street area. Built in 1851 and preserved with 90 percent of its original furnishings and decor kept intact, this museum has become a major attraction among both tourists and locals. The history of the furnishings and decor dates from 1854-1935 and tells a tale of the families who lived in the home. The museum is convenient to downtown St. Louis and features a beautiful carriage house, romantic gazebo and aromatic rose garden. This museum is a nonprofit organization whose membership dues help pay for its upkeep and current renovations.
Founded in 1839, Centenary United Methodist Church with its 200-foot steeple, is a historic landmark and attraction. The book Centenary Church of St. Louis: The First Hundred Years, which depicts events, photos and memorabilia from 1839-1939, is available in local bookstores and libraries in St. Louis. Today, the church serves as an attraction, a refuge and a place for some to call home regardless of age, race or community status.