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Renovated Mansion Houses SLU Museum of Art



The first floor of the Saint Louis University Museum of Art features the Renato Laffranchi collection.

An historic 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.

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 Health.

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


St. 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.

A new 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 Tony Awards.

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.


UPDATED AND EXPANDED:
BOOK 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.



St. 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 St. Louis.

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 Association, 314/421-6474.

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 O’Fallon

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 worldwide.



Jim Albaugh, president and CEO Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

“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.”

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, D.C.

Jerry Daniels, the president and CEO of Military Aircraft and Missile Systems since May 2000, is retiring and will assist Albaugh in the merger transition.

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 unit:

  • John Lockard, vice president and general manager, Navy Systems, St. Louis
  • George Muellner, president and general manager, Air Force Systems, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Jim Albaugh, (Acting) vice president and general manager, of Army Systems, (location to be named later)
  • Mike Mott, vice president and general manager, Human Space Flight, Houston
  • Jim Evatt, vice president and general manager, Missile Defense Systems, Washington, DC
  • Rick Stephens, vice president and general manager, Homeland Defense, Seal Beach, Calif.
  • Roger Roberts, vice president and general manager, Space and Intelligence Systems, Seal Beach, Calif.
  • Bill Collopy, vice president and general manager, Commercial Space Systems, Seal Beach, Calif.
  • David Spong, vice president and general manager, Aerospace Support, St. Louis
In order to ensure integration across the customer-facing businesses, two integrating organizations have been established:

  • Carl O’Berry, vice president, Strategic Architecture
  • Ron Prosser, vice president, Advanced Integrated Defense Systems. Prosser will report also to the president of Phantom Works.
Boeing also 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 Programs.
 

 

 


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