Trip Ideas: St. Louis Arch-itecture Day Two
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.
Morning
This café blends French tradition with a dash of modern; enjoy the made-to-order crepes.
52 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis MO 63108, 314-367-2200
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 8 a.m. midnight; Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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.
4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis MO 63110, 800-642-8842
Hours: Daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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.
4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108, 314-373-8241
Hours: Tours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; Museum: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Evening
Serving St. Louis since 1934. Famous for its presidential steak, homemade ravioli, pastas and fresh fish.
201 S. 20th St., St. Louis MO 63103, 314-621-0666
Hours: Sun., 4 p.m.-9 p.m.; Mon., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Tue.-Thur., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
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 Theaterwas 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.
527 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis MO 63103, 314-534-1678
Hours: Offices: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Afternoon
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.
3352 DeMenil Place, St. Louis MO 63118, 314-771-5828
Hours: Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.
1127 Pestalozzi St., St. Louis MO 63118, 314-577-2626
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.