Charles E. King Exhibit Opens This Thursday at Landmarks
Our friends at the Landmarks Association of St. Louis asked us to spread the word about their upcoming exhibit, co-sponsored by the Belleville Historical Society, celebrating the works of modernist architect Charles E. King, FAIA:
Charles E. King, a 1947 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Architecture, practiced in Belleville from 1947 until 1961, when his firm was purchased by Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum of St. Louis. During his fourteen years in Belleville, at least 36 of his residential designs and 19 of his commercial designs were built. All but two still stand today. Probably the most notable of King's works in Belleville is the City Hall, designed in 1957 and dedicated in 1959. In 1957, he also designed five buildings on the campus of Belleville Township High School (today the campus of Lindenwood University-Belleville).
King, who preferred to design in a Mid-Century Modern Style, went on to a very prolific career and in 1991 was named of one of Architectural Digest's "Top 100 Architects." He was also the recipient of many other professional awards. King, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, died on August 16, 1993 in St. Louis at the age of 73.
Opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 17 from 5:30 until 8:00 at the Carolyn Hewes Toft Gallery at Architecture St. Louis. 911 Washington Avenue, Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63101. For more information call (314) 421-6474 or email Susan Tschetter at[email protected].
This event is free and open to the public and is made possible by the generous support of the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission.
▪ Biography and photograph courtesy of the Belleville Historical Society.