Downtown North Tour

On Saturday September 8, 2012, both sections of Community Building embarked on a tour of Downtown St. Louis that began at the Busch Stadium Metrolink Station and meandered through the Gateway Mall, Old Post Office area, Washington Avenue, the Riverfront, the Convention Center, housing built north of the Edward Jones Dome, past Lucas Park, Reverend Larry Rice’s homeless shelter and to Bob’s apartment in the Plaza Square Apartments. Afterwards, we crossed the Gateway Mall again, walked through Union Station, it’s indoor mall and departed via the Metrolink Station nearby.

Following are groupings of images that combine still photographs taken on the day of our tour with other images of the areas depicting these areas and the history associated with them.

 

METROLINK

These images include four color photographs taken during our trip from the Forest Park Station at Skinker on our way downtown. The last two images show historical images of train-based public transit in St. Louis. You can simply watch the slideshow play, you can click on the right and left arrows or simply click on the thumbnail images below.

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BUSCH STADIUM

An image of Bob leading our group near Busch Stadium along with a series of historic images showing plans for the stadium from the 1960s, Edward Durrell Stone’s donut-shaped precast concrete stadium, the adjacent Spanish Pavilion (also designed by architect E.D. Stone) relocated it’s site at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, plans for the new stadium, the construction of the new brick stadium structure, demolition of the old structure and then plan and perspective of the proposed Ballpark Village (still unrealized).

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One Comment

  1. Matt Fernandes October 31, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Just FYI, the historical elevated train images are apparently from a proposal that never came to fruition. Slower streetcars were common in the 1900s but this kind of rapid transit unfortunately was not built. However, there was an elevated line (I’m not sure of the years it was in use) that is now being pursued as a park: http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/fitness/article_c3fd3922-02f9-5d5a-a476-0c11a50c58f8.html