St. Louis Trip, Day 4, Monday, July 27, 2015
Monday morning the chess camp had a campus tour. We decided to skip that and head for downtown St. Louis with our friends Karen, Mike (Karen's dad), and Kate. Our main goal was to tour the Gateway Arch. But this post is dedicated to the oddities and architecture we saw along the way.
Musicians in St. Louis are slightly different from the ones you'd run across in the Iowa cornfields....St. Louis artwork is a little different too! This has to be some of the most creative metal art I've seen.
After so many tv shows that I have watched where mad scientists bring wax figures to life--or turn humans into stiff wax figures--I was wary walking by the wax museum. Scenes from Get Smart episode House of Max played through my mind, in spite of the fact that the museum innocently purported to offer "hot dogs" and "ice cream."
We enjoyed looking at the old buildings. The church near the arch is the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France. It's also known as the Old Cathedral. It appears that in 1766 services were first held there in a tent. It was replaced by a small log house in 1770, which was expanded into a church in 1776. A brick church was built in 1818, and that was replaced by this Basilica, built between 1831 and 1834.
One neat building was the Bee Hat Lofts, a former hat factory. The building has a pipe system that blows steam out of the mouths of decorative lions' heads every hour. Buildings weren't the only things constructed of brick. There were some brick streets!
We also walked by a store devoted completely to products for left-handed people!
They must have had a strong air-conditioner, because the windows were covered with condensation.