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"Holy Corners," a remarkable grouping of seven examples of early 20th-century institutional architecture, is located on Kings highway Boulevard in the Central West End. Perhaps the most spectacular building is the former Second Baptist Church at Kings Highway and Washington, a multi-hued brick complex with a tower and courtyard that looks as if it had been transported from northern Italy. Others include the Classical Revival-style St.John's Methodist Church, the Arts & Crafts-style Racquet Club, the Roman Temple-style former Temple Israel, the Greek Revival-style Tuscan Temple, the First Church of Christ, Scientist and the Washington Hotel.
The Life Cathedral Church located in St. Louis is a church associated with the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches. The church has a regular attendance of around 200 faithfuls and is actively associated with charity and rehabilitation programs for those who need help.
This three-story, 42-room estate cost half a million dollars when it was built by successful St. Louis businessman Samuel Cupples in 1889. The purple sandstone mansion features elaborate Romanesque architecture and boasts 22 fireplaces, five centuries of fine art, finely curved woodwork and some of the home's original furniture. Tours of the historic Samuel Cupples House, which was donated to St. Louis University in 1942, are conducted Tuesday through Saturday. Special tours in foreign languages and for the hearing or sight impaired can be prearranged by telephone. The mansion is closed during the month of January.
Designed in 1904 by Louis Spiering, Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries is host to more than 300 events each year. It opened in 1912 and has since featured such speakers as Dwight Eisenhower and Albert Einstein. This historic landmark building can seat up to 711 people and hosts a variety of concerts each year. In 1998, it expanded to 6,000 square feet. One of the area's most loved tourist spots and event-hosting spaces, it is available for parties, business and organizational functions. It also features local and historical exhibits.
Seating over 5000, this venue is a historical landmark as well as an events hall. Originally one of the most extravagant of William Fox's theaters, this facility was privately restored in 1981 at a cost of more than $2 million. Past productions have included Les Misérables, Parsons Dance Company, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. View the wall of famous signatures, the 5,000-pound chandelier in the auditorium and the gilded throne chairs in the lobby. Tours are conducted Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30a. Saturday tours include entertainment on the world-famous Wurlitzer organ.
A prime example of 19th-century architecture, EarthWays Home is housed in the Grand Center district and is the home of an environmental advocacy group. School participants are educated in recycling consciousness, energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental concerns. The Victorian-style decor and design are enhanced by an elegant garden, cared for by the Missouri Botanical Garden. Built in 1885 and restored in 1993, the 4,500 square-feet, three-storey building has become a must-see tour stop. Tours are by appointment only.
This church building now serves as a tourist attraction, theater and historic landmark. Built in 1884, and now the Grandel Theater, the building has been largely preserved, reflecting the original design by architect Lewis Rice. It features a series of plays, through June of each year, written by African-American playwrights. The architecture is grand, as exemplified by the 20 feet glass window in the second floor ballroom. The 470-seat theater is open for reservations by groups, organizations and businesses. A few of the presentations held here include the Gateway Men's Chorus and the St. Louis Shakespeare Company.