Categories Downtown I-70 Removal Laclede's Landing Welcome to St. Louis Post author By Michael R. Allen Post date August 6, 2011 9 Comments on Welcome to St. Louis View southwest from Second Street at Lucas Avenue on "historic" Laclede's Landing. There's a National Historic Landmark in this photo -- can you spot it? ← Northside Regeneration’s Field Office → Preservation, Architectural History Courses This Fall in St. Louis 9 replies on “Welcome to St. Louis” Ooooh!Â Is it the toilet in the bathroom in the Mansion House that George Clooney peed in??? The building next to Tigin? Idiots. It’s obviously the elevated lanes of I-70. I believe it is the Railway Exchange Building.Â Clearly its not the Native American mounds otherwise they would never have torn them all down. Ead’s Bridge, Obviously. Â The Missouri Athletic Club, just to the left of the Hampton Inn. Yes, it’s the Eads Bridge. Though the Landing has — over the last two decades — lost a few buildings (some through intention, some through inaction), I still recognize it as an important historic piece of our city. Sure, over 90% of it was burned down then razed for the Archgrounds and sure, over 50% of it today exists as surface parking, but the traces and the silhouette and, most importantly, the stories, are still there. I foresee big things in the Landing’s future. In eight years, if many of those open lots aren’t replaced with historically-sensitive yet contextually-modern residential and business, I’ll be more than upset. But right now, I can look at that picture above and see a renewed Landing and an eventually complete downtown cityscape from 20th Street all the way down to the River.Â Comments are closed.