16 March 2015

FOCUS: Ferguson & the St. Louis Metro Region

We will be showing the film "Spanish Lake" on Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 PM in Steinberg Auditorium, Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis.

                   "HOW FERGUSON BECAME FERGUSON."
                                –– Village Voice

The screening is free and open to the public. We will be providing complimentary popcorn and candy. The screening is the first in a series of events addressing current issues of concern in north St. Louis city and county.

Like Ferguson, Spanish Lake is a community in north St. Louis County which has undergone rapid racial, economic and demographic change in recent decades. The forces driving the societal changes in Spanish Lake parallel many of those in Ferguson. The most significant between them: Ferguson is incorporated as an independent municipality while Spanish Lake remains a part of unincorporated St. Louis County.

The film makes clear the important financial, governmental and policy factors driving these rapid changes.

One of the films greatest strengths is that we get to hear from individuals on the ground who made different decisions which resulted in the changes we see in the community. We hear people speaking from various viewpoints: White residents who remained or fled, new Black residents, Realtors, landlords and other community stakeholders. The Spanish Lake's history, intersection with the City of St. Louis, Federal and local housing policies along with other social and economic forces are dramatically and poignantly portrayed.

For a period of time following Michael Brown's shooting, St. Louis area theaters withdrew the film from distribution for fear that it might increase anger and frustration in the local community. In this sense, the film was censored from its planned local distribution.

You can find the Facebook event page here.

Please feel free to share this invitation to others who might be interested in attending.

13 March 2015

MCM Symposium in St. Louis

Mid-Century Modern Symposium in STLMO      April 14 - 16, 2015

As part of this symposium, John Guenther and Andrew Raimist will be leading bus tours of significant works of St. Louis Mid-Century Modern Architecture.

A few of the historic MCM buildings we'll be visiting on our bus tour.
This symposium will reveal the results of the “scratch test” done on the mysterious staining on the Gateway Arch as well as programs on mid-century modern preservation, materials, restoration, engineering,  modernism at risk, and the Gateway Arch and its evolving programmatic requirements; just a sampling of programs that all offer AIA HSW credits.

Flyer for the Mid-Century Modern Materials and Preservation Sympsium.

Among the speakers are Gunny Harboe, FAIA of Chicago; Bob Moore of NPS; Ann Dilcher of Quinn Evans Architects; Steve Kelley, FAIA; David Bright of Knoll, Inc. This is a remarkable conference, limited to 200 registrants. Tuesday night reception at Pointe 440 View (formerly known as the Pet Building), all ensuring a wonderful symposium.

To learn more and register, click HERE.

25 February 2015

American Vernacular Buildings and Interiors, 1870–1960

Talk:  “American Vernacular Buildings and Interiors, 1870–1960”

Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 6 - 7pm

Location:  Webster University, Winifred Moore Auditorium, 470 E. Lockwood

Herbert Gottfried, professor emeritus of Cornell University, will review the American vernacular building types, their history, and the forces that stimulated them. This talk will place Webster Groves within a national architectural context to consider the development of the city’s architecture and urban character over time.  The lecture series is sponsored by the Webster Groves Historic Preservation Commission and Webster University’s Department of Art, Design, and Art History.  The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

10 May 2014

Call Library: Help Save Lewis & Clark Library!

Please watch this short segment from Channel 2's "Your Paid For It" regarding the use of taxpayers money to demolish the beautiful, historic, functional Lewis & Clark Branch Library (St. Louis County). Look below for the phone number to call to let them know of your outrage at this horrible rape of our collective history and culture.

Lewis & Clark Branch Library slated for demolition.
Interior with art glass at Children's Corner.
Carol Weustoff's online petition (click to sign) to save the Lewis & Clark Library.

The brand new library, to be located closer to the street and a gas station, will be only slightly larger.

Davis interviewing Dr. Beckwith and Library Director Kristen Sorth.
Call and leave a message for Board President Lynn Beckwith at 314-994-3300.
Channel 2's Elliot Davis with "Your Paid For It" which air recently.

18 April 2014

4 Steps: Save the Lewis and Clark Library

Now is the time we need to exert maximum pressure on the St. Louis County Library's Board of Trustees.

Lewis & Clark Branch Library (Photograph copyright © 2012 Andrew Raimist).
We need an overwhelming show of support for preserving the library at the next board meeting on Monday, April 21 at 3:30pm at the Headquarters Branch of the library located at 1640 South Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131 (map location: http://goo.gl/maps/BwwkS)

Meriwether Lewis on library facade (Photograph copyright © 2012 Andrew Raimist).
Modern STL is spearheading this preservation effort. Also on hand will be representatives of The North Saint Louis County community surrounding the library, the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Institute of Architects, Landmarks Association of Saint Louis and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Modern STL logo.
The news media including television, newspaper, internet-based, bloggers, radio and other broadcasters will be recording and sharing our overwhelming expression of support for this important piece of St. Louis cultural history.
#1 - Show up at the Board meeting Monday to show your support for saving the Lewis and Clark Library: http://bit.ly/1mjCY1E 
#2 - Sign the petition and include comments with your signature as to why the building must be preserved: http://bit.ly/1kOpnxx 
#3 - Send an email letter to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley letting him know you the Library Board's implementation of their master plan is flawed. Their building plan should be temporarily halted (moratorium on building through December 2014) until input from each local each community where new libraries are planned to be constructed. http://bit.ly/1hTugYq 
#4 - Share this to do list with friends interested in preserving and enhancing St. Louis architecture culture. Please forward this information to as many of your contacts as possible via email, Facebook, Twitter or your preferred networking tool. Do it now!
Children's Corner with Charlie Dooley "READ" poster at lower right. (Photograph copyright © 2012 Andrew Raimist).