Monday, April 14, 2008

Photos of Downtown Saint Louis at Night

HERE ARE NIGHTTIME photos taken recently in the Gateway Mall at the center of downtown Saint Louis. The Mall is a narrow strip of park that runs along Market Street, bordering a number of significant civic buildings.

Kiener Plaza at night, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Kiener Plaza, with the Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch in the background. The statue in the fountain is called The Olympic Runner, and is by the Lithuanian-born sculptor William Zorach. This photo is not in color because the high-efficiency lighting in the area gives everything a sickly yellow or green color.

Civil Courts and AT&T Building at night, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The AT&T and Civil Courts Buildings.

Bear outside of Kiel Auditorium at night, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

One of two bear statues, in front of the Kiel Auditorium.  Bears were once native to Missouri, and were hunted to extirpation; now these creatures are taking up residence in the state again.

City Hall at night, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

City Hall, modeled after the Hôtel de Ville, in Paris.

Public library at night, in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Public library.  Below the moulding are inscribed the names of authors beloved during the Progressive Era.

Shell Building and Episcopal Cathedral at night, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

The Shell Building and Episcopal cathedral.

American Legion Monument at night, in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

American Legion monument, surmounted by an eternal flame.  The Legion was founded on this spot in 1919.

Red Beacon at night, in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

A red beacon atop a building.

Flags at night, in downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Flags atop another building.  Below the American flag are the flags of Illinois, Saint Louis, and Missouri.  I don't know what the leftmost flag represents.

Saint John Apostle and Evangelist Roman Catholic Church at night, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Saint John Apostle and Evangelist Church, once the Pro-Cathedral of the Archdiocese.

3 comments:

  1. I think the left-most flag is the Wachovia bank.

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  2. You are right. Wachovia took over one of our beloved local brokerage firms, A.G. Edwards. Such take-overs have never been good for Saint Louis, and inevitably leads to downsizing and closure. Coming to mind are the experience with TWA Airlines, 7-Up/Dr. Pepper Soda, McDonnell-Douglas aircraft, Pharmacia pharmaceuticals, Famous-Barr department stores and Ralston Purina. There has been the closure of innumerable little companies also, as power is centralized.

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  3. Woew nice picture.i like the play of light.

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