“Landmarks of St. Louis: Most Endangered and Most Enhanced”
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.
Andrew Weil, executive director of Landmarks Association of St. Louis, will review the current state of historic preservation in the city. Weil has a well-deserved reputation for knowing who’s doing what with regard to our architectural heritage. The Steedman Room off the Fine Arts Room will be open for a half hour before the talk. Remember that parking meters are enforced until 7 p.m.
“Common Houses in Webster Groves”
Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Thomas Hubka, Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will speak about some of the house types that we used to think were insignificant but that we now treasure. This talk is this year’s contribution to the annual series sponsored by the Webster Groves Historic Preservation Commission.
“Victorian Era Food and Dining”
Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m.
Suzanne Corbett, for many years the leading food historian in St. Louis, will discuss dining in the era of Henry Shaw, the creator of Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘American Home’”
Friday, April 7, 7 p.m.
The annual spring lecture sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park features Mike Lilek, curator of the Burnham Block, a group of six houses designed beginning in 1911 by Wright. They are early examples of Wright’s lifelong effort to bring good design to small houses for moderate-to-low-income workers. He called them the American System-Built houses. After years of disregard and disrepair, the houses are regaining their charm through the current restoration effort. This talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Advance tickets are available in person at the Museum’s Information Centers, through Metrotix, or by calling 314-534-1111. Same-day tickets may be available on site, but don’t count on it.
Gallery Talk: “Higher Ground: Honoring the Story of Washington Park Cemetery”
Friday, April 7, 6 p.m.
The significance and troubled history of this African-American cemetery in Berkeley near Lambert Field are being highlighted through August 26 in a large and varied exhibition at the Sheldon Galleries. The three artists represented in the show, Jennifer Colten, Denise Ward-Brown, and Dail Chambers, will discuss their work.
“Higher Ground: Honoring the Story of Washington Park Cemetery”
Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 to 8:30
This panel will discuss the cemetery that is the subject of this exhibition at the Sheldon. This program, however, is at the History Museum. Gwen Moore has gathered the project artists, along with catalogue essayist Michael R. Allen and others to illuminate the cemetery’s history and discuss the process of honoring its permanent occupants. Information at 314-746-4599.