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.



Welcome to Spring 2018! 

Going Baroque!
Thursday, January 18, 7:30–9:00 p.m. | Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Boulevard at Greenbriar. Parking information distributed to subscribers.


An Intimate Concert of Modern and Contemporary Music of Mexico
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Private home. Address to subscribers.

Comida en la Cuidad
Tuesday, February 6, noon | Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, 77056


Modern Architecture in Mexico City
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 P.M. | Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University


Thomas Jefferson: The Essential Democrat
Three Wednesdays, February 21, 28 and March 7, 6:30-8:00 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline, 77004



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