Mansion Houses SLU Museum of Art
French revival mansion on the Saint Louis University campus has
been transformed into the new Saint Louis Museum of Art (SLUMA).
Following a complete restoration, the 55,000-square-foot building
at 3663 Lindell Blvd. now provides an appropriate gallery setting
for the University’s art collection and will accommodate traveling
exhibits as well.
The first floor of the Saint Louis University Museum
of Art features the Renato Laffranchi collection.
Built in 1900, the original building was home of the St. Louis Club.
The club purchased 14 paintings from those exhibited at the 1904
World’s Fair for the mansion. These formed the nucleus of a collection
that became one of the best private collections in the city.
For the first quarter of the 20th century, the St. Louis Club was
a focal point of the city’s social life. Several U.S. presidents
including Presidents Cleveland, McKinley, Taft, Roosevelt, Wilson,
and Harding visited the club. A fire in 1925 led to the end of the
St. Louis Club era on Lindell. In the following years, the building
became office space for several companies. The university purchased
it in 1992 and named it O’Donnell Hall. For the next nine years,
the building housed the SLU Graduate School and the School of Public
The transformation from offices to museum began in 2001. Cannon
Design served as the architect and McCarthy was the construction
manager. During the renovation of the four-story structure, the
project team wanted to preserve much of the original design while
making the space accessible and flexible.
The museum displays art and artifacts relevant to the Jesuit philosophy
and ideals of liberal arts education. National and internationally
known artists including Renato Laffranchi, Joachim Probst, Richard
Serra, and Miguel Martinez are represented; along with local artists
such as Thomas Huck and Mary Borgman, as well as works by some SLU
artists. Other highlights of the collection include a 14-piece glass
masterpiece by Dale Chihuly and, on the top two floors, a Cartier
collection with more than 2,000 pieces of family memorabilia and
fine art donated to the University by Marion Rumsey Cartier, daughter
of Pierre Cartier, founder of Cartier Jewelers.
SLUMA joins other university museums on the campus including the
historic Samuel H. Cupples House, the Museum of Contemporary and
Religious Art, and the Pere Marquette Gallery. The museum is open
to the public and admission is free, with a small fee for special
exhibitions. Call 314/977-3399 for fall hours and parking information.
Fox Associates Wins Six Tony Awards
stage production of the movie musical Thoroughly Modern
Millie takes us back to the Jazz Age, when women were bobbing
their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce,
and rewriting the rules of love. The show opened on Broadway
at the Marquis Theatre on April 18, 2002, and won six 2002
Louis-based Fox Associates partners (from left to
right) Robert Baudendistel, Mary Strauss and Harvey
Harris are all smiles as they receive one of their
six Tony Awards for Thoroughly Modern Millie, their
latest award-winning Broadway musical.
This award-winning musical has strong ties to St. Louis.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is the latest production from Fox
Theatricals, the result of merging the talents of Chicago
producer Michael Leavitt and St. Louis-based Fox Associates.
Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 movie musical
of the same name, which starred Julie Andrews, Mary Tyler
Moore and Carol Channing. The new musical comedy features
15 songs, including three from the movie and several standards
from the 1920s, as well as originals from Jeanine Tesori
and Dick Scanlan.
Fox has been presenting major theatrical and musical events
for more than a decade with hundreds of presenting credits.
As producers, Fox Theatricals is familiar with accolades
as well. They took a 2001 Tony Award for Best Revival of
a Play for its production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
Nest, starring Gary Sinise. On Broadway, Fox Theatricals
co-produced the musical hits Jekyll & Hyde and You’re a
Good Man, Charlie Brown, which earned two 1999 Tony Awards,
and earned four 1999 Tony Awards with Brian Dennehy in Arthur
Miller’s drama, Death of a Salesman.
Fox Associates is the creation of St. Louis businessmen
Leon Strauss, Robert Baudendistel and attorney Harvey Harris.
Specializing in theatre production, presentation and facility
management, Fox operates the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago
and the 4,500-seat Fox Theatre in St. Louis.
Brochure Series Transports Visitors and Natives to the Sites
of St. Louis
Visitors to St. Louis and natives alike will appreciate a brochure
series that encourages viewing the beauty of our city’s past and
present, via different modes of transportation.
The Art On Rails booklet takes a journey on the MetroLink
from Union Station to Fifth and Missouri Streets. Highlights include
Eads Bridge, the Gateway Arch, as well as sculptures and murals.
In Art On Wheels, travelers take the Garden Express Shuttle
Bus to view Shaw’s Missouri Botanical Garden, Tower Grove Park and
areas around the Central West End. A third in the series will be
Art on Foot, a walking tour along Washington.
A project of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, the guide booklets
are in eight languages and include information about using the MetroLink
System. They have already been well received by visitors attending
the World Botanical Congress and will be guides for attendees of
two major conferences next year. In May, St. Louis hosts the Travel
Industry Association’s International Pow Wow, which attracts around
5,500 attendees. Sister Cities International holds its national
annual meeting here in July with an expected attendance of 1,000.
Call 314/421-6474 for a copy of the brochures.
ON LANDMARKS AND HISTORIC
DISTRICTS BACK IN PRINT
After several years out of print, the Landmarks Association
of St. Louis’ 1988 tribute to the city is back in a new,
expanded edition. St. Louis: Landmarks and Historic Districts
is a comprehensive guide to sites, buildings, and districts
officially designated by the City of St. Louis or the National
Register of Historic Places.
Louis: Landmarks and Historic Districts
is a comprehensive guide illustrated by
contemporary and historic photographs of
officially designated historical sites,
buildings, and districts in the City of
Written by Carolyn Hewes Toft with Lynn Josse, this 11-chapter
guidebook offers contemporary and historic photos, as well
as updated information on the structures that make up the
architectural heritage of St. Louis. Each chapter focuses
on a different area of the city and each listing provides
more than the name and location of historic structures.
The places listed in St. Louis: Landmarks & Historic
Districts all have stories to tell. Toft includes facts
about occupants and events, as well as interesting nuggets
of St. Louis and American history.
Toft is executive director of the Landmarks Association
of St. Louis, the book’s publisher. She underlines the group’s
mission to preserve, restore and promote St. Louis’ architectural
heritage throughout; but even more, in the final chapter
entitled In Memoriam, she lists places that could
not be preserved and can be remembered only in photographs.
The Landmarks Association incorporated in 1959 and since
spearheaded preservation efforts for landmarks, such as
the Wainwright Building, the Bissell Mansion, the Old Post
Office downtown, and the Red Water Tower in Hyde Park.
Copies of the book can be obtained by calling the Landmarks
Marriott Opens Residence Inn in Earth City
Another addition to metro area hotels is the new Residence Inn by
Marriott in Earth City. Located at 3290 Rider Trail South, the 104-suite
Residence Inn St. Louis Airport/Earth City will operate as a Marriott
franchise, owned and managed by Dominion Properties Inc. The location
offers proximity to both Lambert–St. Louis International Airport
and the St. Charles area. Residence Inns are designed for extended
stays of five nights or more, offering equipped kitchens and services
for business travelers.
Missouri State Bank Opens Seventh Location
in Metro St. Louis
Missouri State Bank’s seventh location in the St. Louis metro area
opened in Creve Coeur this summer. The $2.6 million banking center
built by Kadean Construction Co. is located at 12452 Olive Blvd.
The full-service bank is home to Missouri State Bank’s new Trustcorp
wealth management services.
Midwest BankCentre Opens New Location in
The newest community bank location of Midwest BankCentre recently
opened at WingHaven® in O’Fallon, Mo. Paric Corp. constructed the
bank building, which includes an “Internet Café” where customers
can use computers to access e-mail or surf the Internet and a waiting
area with television screens for customers who wish to monitor the
stock market and world events.
St. Louis Lands $23 Billion Boeing Integrated
Defense Systems Headquarters
St. Louis will be the headquarters for Boeing’s newly
created Integrated Defense Systems, a $23 billion business merging
the company’s total space, defense, government, intelligence and
communications capabilities into one business unit. The new St.
Louis-based organization will be headed by Jim Albaugh, who ran
Boeing’s Space and Communications division in Seal Beach, Calif.
since April 1998. Integrated Defense Systems has 78,600 employees
“In simple terms,
we are aligning our business today with the way we believe future
systems are going to be designed, acquired and maintained,” says
Condit, chairman and CEO. “We will also strengthen our customer-driven
focus, capitalize on our broad-based capabilities and better target
advanced marketing and R&D opportunities.”
Jim Albaugh, president and CEO Boeing Integrated Defense
Albaugh, who will be moving to St. Louis as a result of the reorganization,
says the new corporate structure will help Boeing deliver the products
that its military customers need.
Integrated Defense Systems combines all the capabilities and programs
formerly under Military Aircraft and Missile Systems, headquartered
in St. Louis, with Space and Communications, headquartered in Seal
Beach, Calif. The new unit will have advanced manufacturing operations
in St. Louis; Southern California; Seattle; Houston; Huntsville,
Ala.; the Space Coast of Florida; San Antonio, Texas; and Washington,
Jerry Daniels, the president and CEO of Military Aircraft and Missile
Systems since May 2000, is retiring and will assist Albaugh in the
Boeing chose St. Louis for the division headquarters because of
its central location, heritage of managing both space and aircraft
programs in the old McDonnell Douglas organization and bipartisan
support from area politicians.
Albaugh was a former president of Rocketdyne, Rockwell’s rocket
engine unit, he joined Boeing when the Rockwell aerospace and defense
businesses were acquired in 1996. Under his leadership, Space and
Communications has grown in several key markets including commercial
and government communication satellites, airborne surveillance and
reconnaissance, human space flight and missile defense.
Boeing named other leaders within the new Integrated Defense Systems
In order to
ensure integration across the customer-facing businesses, two integrating
organizations have been established:
Lockard, vice president and general manager, Navy Systems,
Muellner, president and general manager, Air Force Systems,
Long Beach, Calif.
Albaugh, (Acting) vice president and general manager,
of Army Systems, (location to be named later)
Mott, vice president and general manager, Human Space
Evatt, vice president and general manager, Missile Defense
Systems, Washington, DC
Stephens, vice president and general manager, Homeland
Defense, Seal Beach, Calif.
Roberts, vice president and general manager, Space and
Intelligence Systems, Seal Beach, Calif.
Collopy, vice president and general manager, Commercial
Space Systems, Seal Beach, Calif.
Spong, vice president and general manager, Aerospace Support,
announced the promotion of Bob Krieger to president of Phantom Works,
Boeing’s internal technology and advanced research and development
organization. He replaces George Muellner, who is becoming Integrated
Defense Systems’ vice president and general manager of Air Force
O’Berry, vice president, Strategic Architecture
Prosser, vice president, Advanced Integrated Defense Systems.
Prosser will report also to the president of Phantom Works.
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