Architecture, Mid-century St. Louis, Midcentury Modern, St. Louis History

Watch the Mid-Century Modern in St. Louis Nine Network Special

For Mid-Century Modern in St. Louis writer/producer Kara Vaninger, the story of mid-century modern architecture isn’t just about buildings and artistic vision, it’s about a hopeful time when a new consciousness about how our lives could change for the better was taking hold.

With masterworks like Council Plaza’s Flying Saucer to the Climatron, the Gateway Arch, and the Saint Louis Abbey and Priory School, along with the role of Washington University in St. Louis, the region became a hotbed of modernist architecture. Nationally renowned architects, like Ralph Fournier and Richard Henmi, are interviewed as well as historians and advocates of saving and celebrating these mid-century modern structures.