St. Louis Arch-itecture Day Two

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St. Louis has a look that’s all its own. Red brick, cobblestone streets, terra cotta friezes and stained glass are part of the tapestry of St. Louis’ amazing architectural heritage. Historic homes, impressive public buildings, ultra contemporary structures and the stainless steel architectural wonder known as the Gateway Arch provide an interesting mix of materials and style to the urban landscape. Historic buildings are all around in the Gateway city. On your second day in St. Louis, be sure to check out these architectural wonders.


A. Missouri Botanical Garden

Founded in 1859 by Henry Shaw, the nation's oldest public garden features the first practical use of R. Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome. Called the Climatron, the dome houses a recreated tropical rainforest.

B. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

One of the most historic buildings in St. Louis’ Central West End, the Cathedral Basilica features a mixture of Byzantine and Romanesque architecture, construction began on this amazing structure in 1907. The cathedral was formally consecrated in 1926.


A. The Fabulous Fox Theatre

The Fabulous Fox is one of the most breathtaking historical buildings in St. Louis. Be sure to catch a live musical theatre performance at this St. Louis landmark. Completed in 1929, the lavish Siamese-Byzantine-style Theater was designed to transport movie lovers into a world of fantasy. Today the Fox plays host to a variety of live musical theatre performances and touring Broadway shows.

B. Lombardo’s Trattoria

Serving St. Louis since 1934. Famous for its presidential steak, homemade ravioli, pastas and fresh fish.


A. Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion

Registered as a National Landmark, this is one of only a handful of historical buildings in the Greek revival style in St Louis. Built in 1848 by Henri Chatillon, the mansion is an excellent example of a Victorian home of a wealthy family.

B. Budweiser Brewery Experience and The Biergarten

Featuring brewery tours that take you through the brewing process; the Budweiser Clydesdale Stable; Lager Cellar; Brew House; the Bevo Packaging Facility; and the gift shop, not to mention the historical buildings they are all housed in. After brewery tours conclude, enjoy a sample of products in the Hospitality Room. On all tours, you must be 21 to sample beer.