Jan 17, 2008
St. Louis Modern
I live in St. Louis, Missouri, in the heart of the Midwest. Modern style may not be what comes to mind when you think of this traditional heartland. In fact, most of my clientele in the St. Louis counties favor traditional style, and I enjoy serving them.
Recently, however, I have moved to the Central West End of the city, and I am enjoying the best of modern design and lifestyle the city has to offer.
The Arch -- Jefferson National Expansion Memorial -- tops my list for modern design in St. Louis. I don't have words to describe my love of the Arch. I never tire of it or stop taking photos of it.
Eero Saarinen was the architect whose vision was to create a monument that transcends the boundaries of time.
The Arch looks to the past as a symbol of a gateway with reverence for St. Louis' role in opening of the westward U.S. territories. While it looks back to the past, it also looks boldly to the modern age with its simplicity and steel construction.
Breaking the mold of typical monuments, it is not an obelisk, rectangular or dome in shape. It makes its own statement on the banks of the Mississippi. I can't think what shape or form is more appropriate.
For more on the Arch I recommend a beautiful book by the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch) Chief Historian, and my friend, Robert J. Moore, Jr., called The Gateway Arch: An Architectural Dream.
I could go on from the Arch to list the best of modern design in St. Louis, but 2Modern Design has already done it - why reinvent the wheel? I defer to their list. Check it out at 2Modern Design.
And see more of Eero Saarinen's work at mod*mom.