Endangered architecture: Helmut Jahn’s Thompson Center

If you're familiar with Chicago's downtown architecture, you may recognize Helmut Jahn's curved (and colorful) James R. Thompson Center (right across from City Hall). When the building opened in 1985, people either loved it (wonderful!) or hated it (outrageous! ugly!). However, it was hard to deny that Jahn had taken International Style design and merged…
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A wealth of men’s fashion

We hope you are able to see the beautiful new “Reigning Men” exhibit at the St. Louis Art Museum.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to see a comprehensive collection of fashionable men’s clothing, and you may have learned some things about men’s fashion that surprised you.  Beyond an opportunity to see some exquisite examples of menswear, the…
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Architecture of Scotland, Part 2, October 25

Please join us for the fifth in our six-part series of architectural talks co-sponsored by SLPL's Steedman Architectural Library and the St. Louis Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Renowned architectural historian, Esley Hamilton, will continue his popular talk from last year with "The Architecture of Scotland, Part 2". The talk will take place…
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Source for Central’s entrance gates discovered

This bureau has recently discovered the original on which Central Library’s beautiful front entrance gates are modeled. Maso di Bartolomeo, one of the most respected bronze artists in Renaissance Italy, designed the grilles that form the entrance gate to the “Cappella della Cintola” (Chapel of the Virgin’s Girdle, or Belt) in the Cathedral of Prato…
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