After four years in Forest Park, Fair St. Louis, the city’s celebration of Independence Day, is returning to the Gateway Arch grounds in 2018 and will mark the grounds’ grand opening.
The Arch grounds were the original home of the fair, since 1981. Fair St. Louis 2018 will coincide with the completion of the CityArchRiver project, a $380 million renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds and surrounding areas.
The fair will take place July 4, 6 and 7.
“We knew the community made this project possible, and they deserved a huge celebration to mark the grand opening of the new Arch experience,” said Carolyn Kindle Betz, chairman of Gateway Arch Park Foundation, in a release. “The return of Fair St. Louis to the Gateway Arch park is the perfect way to bring St. Louisans and visitors to the park to discover all of the improvements.”
Organizers say the event drew approximately 250,000 people to Forest Park the year it moved — more than any event there in more than a century.
The backstory: The homeowners, who both work from home, asked architect George Wilcox to help enlarge their 1,500-square-foot, circa-1925 home to provide space for two offices, a new master suite and a guest room. But how do you add much-needed space to a small bungalow in a historic neighborhood shaded by magnificent (and city-protected) live oaks?
Wilcox came up with the idea of building an addition, above, on the footprint of a small, one-story garage behind the house that would be connected to the main house, above right, by a skybridge. The garage had been little more than “a run-down board-and-batten accessory building,” WIlcox says. Continue reading “A Home with a Bridge | Austin, Texas”
Impressive Central West End mansion designed by Mariner & LaBeaume in 1909. This prominent home sits across from our beloved Forest Park & is in walking distance to restaurants, a movie theater, grocery stores, shopping & MetroLink. This home embodies the character & architecture of the CWE, while offering comfortable living for today’s families.
As you enter through the outer vestibule with elliptical fanlights, you will notice the exquiste, marble-floored reception hall. High ceilings with elegant molding & 7 ornate fireplaces create gracious spaces. The superior kitchen includes granite counters, custom wood cabinets, breakfast area & butler’s pantry. A sweeping staircase leads you to the 2nd level featuring a newly remodeled master suite with a luxurious bathroom with soaking tub, dual vanities & separate shower. Enormous master closet.
2nd floor laundry. The 3rd floor is finished with extra guestrooms, baths & recreation room with kitchenette. Many of the windows feature original custom shutters that fold neatly into side panels. The parcel is over an acre with a salt-water pool, gardens, sweeping back lawn and 3-car garage.