St Louis, Now and Then

Thursday, October 15–Sunday, October 18

Stephen Fox, noted architectural historian, will lead a four-day tour of the St. Louis area, a city known for its colorful past and marked today by architectural ambition, major art and educational institutions, and many rich historical sites. 
Our tour will include the 1965 Gateway Arch by architect Eero Saarinen; the 2007 Citygarden designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz, landscape architects; the St. Louis Art Museum, recently expanded with an addition designed by the British architect David Chipperfield; Forest Park, site of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition and St. Louis World’s Fair; the Missouri Botanical Garden; and the recently renovated Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts by Tadao Ando. Near St. Louis, we will explore Cahokia Mounds, once the largest pre-Columbian city north of Mexico with a population of about 20,000 in 1250 A.D. and now a UNESCO site as well as Ferguson, Missouri, the site of the shooting death of Michael Brown in August 2014 and the center of an international conversation about race in America.

On our first afternoon, we will enjoy a walking tour of downtown St. Louis. On the following days, we will acquaint ourselves with the vibrant neighborhoods of St. Louis by motor coach, visit a home of Emily Rauh Pulitzer as well as Washington University, and explore the Creole communities along the Mississippi River. Mr. Fox will delve into the many historical connections between St. Louis and Houston dating to the design of the Rice Hotel, Hermann Park, Main Boulevard, and the Shadyside neighborhood. 

Our hotel will be the Hyatt Regency at the Arch.



Fall 2018 brochures are out! Please let us know if you did not receive one and we will be happy to send one to you.

Registration is now open. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course. 


Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!


For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at  or phone 713.666.9000.