Throwback Thursday: Sir John Soane

Sir John was an English architect who specialized in the Neo-Classical style. The son of a bricklayer, he rose to the top of his profession, becoming professor of architecture at the Royal Academy and an official architect to the Office of Works. He received a knighthood in 1831.

His best-known work was the Bank of England, a building which had a widespread effect on commercial architecture.

He also designed Dulwich Picture Gallery, which, with its top-lit galleries, was a major influence on the planning of subsequent art galleries and museums.

His main legacy is an eponymous museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which comprises his former home and office, designed to display the art works and architectural artefacts that he collected during his lifetime. The museum is described in the Oxford Dictionary of Architecture as “one of the most complex, intricate, and ingenious series of interiors ever conceived”.

Dining Out for Life | Thursday, April 26th 2018

I have patterned with St. Louis Effort for Aids for this year’s Dining Out for Life. You can visit my team and I tomorrow during lunch at Pastaria located at 7734 Forsyth Blvd. The participating restaurants will donate at least 25% of your check to support the work of STELFA. All money raised stays within our community!

Dining Out for Life© (DOFL) is an international event that has raised over $4 million locally over the past 24 years to provide vital services to people living with HIV/AIDS.  In 2017, the St. Louis community raised over $153,000 to help Saint Louis Effort for AIDS provide education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease.

Pastaria is not taking reservations however you can get in line before arriving to the restaurant and see how many guests are in front of your party by using the no wait app.



Classic Home in Prestigious Lake Forest | 115 Lake Forest Drive

Award-winning Clayton School District. Situated on a half acre in family-friendly and prestigious Lake Forest is this Georgian gem! This classic home personifies quality both inside and out. The kitchen features native wood cabinetry, granite countertops, Viking & Sub-zero appliances and a scenic bay window. A newer addition, features a true Great Room with huge bay window, wet bar, granite fireplace and opens to the outdoors.

Retreat upstairs to your own 4-room master suite & spa. The classic master bathroom gleams with white marble and black granite, steam shower & jacuzzi. Dream closet/dressing room/yoga studio and office finish off this special haven. One of only 17 Platinum-certified, organic and pesticide-free, STL Audubon landscapes in St. Louis. Enjoy the terraces and backyard garden spaces adorned with dozens of varying native trees, shrubs and perennials. Totally fenced in yard. New high-efficiency HVAC systems. Newer slate roof. So close to Wholefoods, Trader Joe’s & Target.

Address: 115 Lake Forest Drive
Price: $1,388,000
5 Beds, 5.5 Baths
Living Area: 5,257 Sq. Ft.
Pr/Sqft: $264.02
Listed by: Ted Wight | (314)607-5555

Stop the Spread of Bradford Pears | Missouri Department of Conservation

This time of year the Bradford Pears look so pretty, though they also remind me of what an invasive pest they have become. Just drive along the highways during the early spring and you can easily spot where they are taking over.

Ornamental pears were introduced to the United States in the early 1960s and came from China. All ornamental pears originate from Pyrus calleryana, or callery pear, commonly referred to as Bradford Pear. Ornamental pears were originally very popular trees due to their prolific spring flowers, dark glossy leaves and ability to thrive in almost any kind of soil—and because people thought they were sterile and therefore had no messy fruits to contend with.  Continue reading “Stop the Spread of Bradford Pears | Missouri Department of Conservation”