17 April 2015

Ethical Society: 50th Anniversary Lecture & Exhibit

You are invited to the Ethical Society's 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 25 at 2pm.

Ethical Society, photograph © Andrew Raimist.
I will present “Ethical Society Building 50th Anniversary Celebration: Reflections on Harris Armstrong’s Design” shedding light on the architect’s creative process and the Society’s journey from its original St. Louis City home in the Sheldon Memorial to the current iconic mid-century modern structure on Clayton Road in 1965.   

Ethical Society Entry Hall, photograph © Andrew Raimist.
Preliminary design and models will be presented as well as the evolution toward its ultimate form. Armstrong's other designs for religious structures will be discussed as well as significant modernist religious structures designed by his contemporaries.

Ethical Society Meeting House, photograph © Andrew Raimist.
A reception will follow the presentation which is free and open to all.

project: Ethical Society
architect: Harris Armstrong
date: 1965
location: 9001 Clayton Road, Ladue, Missouri

16 April 2015

Steedman Architectural Library & Paul Hohmann Lecture

Tonight, Thursday, April 16 there are three items of architectural interest taking place at the Saint Louis Public Library's Central Branch, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. Phone: (314) 241-2288.

1 Steedman Architectural Library
Visit the Steedman Architectural Library. The room will be open for tours from 6pm to 6:30pm prior to the lecture. This room features rare and beautiful books on architecture and the related arts. It was a gift from George Fox Steedman and the room itself is a work of art. Here are some of my photographs of the room:


2 Architecture Lecture Series

From the library's website:
This month’s lecture in the Architecture Around the World Series, presented by the Steedman Architectural Library and the Society of Architectural Historians, will feature Paul Hohmann, architect at E+A Architecture and blogger at Vanishing STL, as he discusses “From Abbeys to Street Art – Germany and Austria along the Danube.” The program takes place in Central’s Carnegie Room on April 16 at 6:30 p.m.
From 6 to 6:30pm, visitors can step inside and view one of Central’s most special rooms, the Steedman Architectural Library. The group will then move to the Carnegie Room for Paul Hohmann’s lecture.

The event is FREE and open to the public.
You can see the Central Library's original post here.

3 Form + Function Exhibit

From some of the Steedman Collection’s most important and beautiful items will be on public display in Central Library’s Great Hall. The exhibit affords the general public a rare chance to view truly important materials and learn more about them. This exhibit will be closing in May 2015.

Link to the Library's announcement of the exhibition.

14 April 2015

MCM Bus Tour

On Thursday, April 14, 2015, Andrew Raimist, AIA and John Guenther, FAIA will be leading a bus tour of significant works of MCM architecture at the conclusion of the Mid-Century Modern Structures symposium sponsored by the National Park Service taking place this week in downtown St. Louis.

For anyone interested, it's still possible to purchase an entry pass for some or all of the three-day symposium which has just begun this morning at the Drury Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Louis.

B'nai Amoona Synagogue, Ethical Society, Priory Chapel and Kraus House (left to right).

Here's the official description of the tour from the symposium program.
The tour highlights significant Mid-Century Modern buildings by outstanding architects of the period for a variety of project types including commercial, residential and religious structures located around the St. Louis metropolitan area.

We’ll visit an immaculately restored Usonian house by Frank Lloyd Wright (exterior tour) and a thinshell, parabolic folded-plate concrete church designed by Gyo Obata, FAIA (HOK). We will then drive by a meeting house for the non-denominational Ethical Society by local modernist Harris Armstrong, FAIA, the B’nai Amoona Synagogue (now COCA) by legendary modernist architect Erich Mendelsohn and two structures by local modernist leader Isadore Shank framing the early and high period of MCM architecture.

29 March 2015

Ferguson & St. Louis Area Panel Discussion

This panel discussion brings together community members from across St. Louis and WUSTL to engage in a conversation that explores the important viewpoints, real challenges, and hard realities faced by residents of North St. Louis City and County. As a result, we hope to identify areas where communities’ genuine needs intersect with the University’s genuine interests, providing opportunities for the WUSTL community to both listen and reach out in meaningful and authentic ways.

Panelists are:
  • Umar Lee, Activist, Freelance Writer, and Novelist
  • Daffney Moore, Economic Development Directory, City of Berkeley
  • Scott Ogilvie, Alderman for Ward 24, City of St. Louis
  • Dr. Rance Thomas, PhD, President, North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice
 • Melvin White, President, Beloved Streets of America, Inc.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. All community members with an interest in the public realm, community development, social justice and related issues are invited to come and share your voice in this collaborative, interactive process. Along with tasty appetizers, we'll have large maps and other paper on which everyone will be invited to draw and express their own thoughts and ideas!

This event is the concluding public discussion of this series of events which included a screening of the documentary film "Spanish Lake" and a bus tour of North St. Louis City and County.

Series Description:

The Sam Fox School presents FOCUS: Ferguson & the St. Louis Metropolitan Region, a series of events that will address the complex economic, political, and racial landscape of North St. Louis City and County.

The events following Michael Brown’s shooting death on August 9, 2014, revealed deep divisions within the St. Louis area. The name “Ferguson” has become shorthand for the many problems and conflicts endemic to urban and suburban communities, not only in the St. Louis region but also across our country.

The FOCUS series will draw on a range of these questions and issues, investigating the intersecting—and often compounding—roles played by social and economic inequities, racial disparities, white flight, public safety, and housing and economic development. At the same time, the series will grapple with legitimate, thoughtful ways for citizens to effect positive change, with an emphasis on learning how to listen to, understand, and address conflicting voices.

Public panel discussion & dialogue on #Ferguson #STL urban & economic development

Shortcut link to event: http://on.fb.me/1BBzL3j 


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.