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St. Louis Part of the DOCOMOMO US National Tour Day, October 8

We are delighted that when thousands of people are exploring mid-century modern architecture across the United States, St. Louisans will be part of the national scene!  St. Louis will stand alongside such well-known bastions of modern architecture as Palm Springs, Los Angeles and Detroit.  It’s about time that the city that launched an architectural revolution in airport terminal design, built the nation’s most iconic modern monument and supported the careers of designers like Harris Armstrong, Eric Mendelsohn and William Bernoudy is included.

DOCOMOMO has invited ModernSTL to participate in the 5th Annual DOCOMOMO US National Tour Day. Our contribution to this American celebration of the Modern Movement is “Gateway To Modernism: Modern Architecture Tour of St. Louis City & County.”

This is a chartered bus tour from 9 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

The tour, narrated by ModernSTL board members Toby Weiss and Michael R. Allen, will highlight outstanding examples of mid-century modern architecture in the Metro St. Louis region, driving through and stopping at spiritual, commercial and residential sites. The highlights will be a tour of architect Harris Armstrong’s Ethical Society Building (1962) led by architect (and Armstrong scholar) Andrew Raimist and a tour of Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum’s Priory Chapel (1962) with a special guest.

Space is limited to 100 people, and reservations are required. $25 per person. Get your tickets here.

2 replies on “St. Louis Part of the DOCOMOMO US National Tour Day, October 8”

By the way, folks, be prepared to purchase tix one at a time, unless something has changed at the PayPal site. My wife and I bought tix there, and there apparently was no link or option for multiple-ticket purchases. Not terribly bothersome, but certainly peculiar.

As well, according to the BELT site, the festivities begin at the Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Rd., with a tour of the facility. A map:

OT: my wife and I were married by an officiant from the Ethical Society. Jim was a really great guy,  and gave us some tremendously helpful pointers for our vows, and passed on some examples of vows others had used in their ceremonies. We were married in our home here in Dutchtown, surrounded by a small group of family and friends. Coincidentally, some friends we know through my wife’s employer were also married by Jim. Small world.

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