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The Collinsville Masonic Temple Lodge No. 712 A.F. & A.M. was erected in 1912. In 2005, it was included in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Arch has been a popular tourist attraction since its completion in October 1965. Designed to last 1,000 years, it reaches 630 feet in height; on a clear day, you can see for about 30 miles from atop the structure. Groups of 20 or more can take a guided tour of the landmark. The tour includes a documentary film on the building of the Arch, a visit to the Museum of Westward Expansion and a trip to the Old Courthouse, which is famous for hosting the legendary Dred Scott Trial.
Maintained by the National Park Service, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial comprises a 91 acre park along the Mississippi river which includes the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Old Courtyard. The memorial was constructed to commemorate various historic events such as the acquisition of the region of Louisiana by the United States from the French and the subsequent westard expansion of explorers, the historic Dred Scott case which was heard inside the Old Courtyard and the foundation of first civil government to the west of Mississippi river. Learn about the history of the St. Louis riverfront and its surrounding areas through various memorabilia and artifacts. The Arch's construction is well documented in a film called Monument to the Dream and its shows are held inside the Tucker Theater built in 1968. The Odyssey Theater with a seating capacity for 255 spectators was added to the museum in 1993.
Celebrity watchers will have the opportunity to see more than 200 famous people and historical figures depicted in wax at this downtown museum. See the likes of Henry VIII and his wives, Elvis, Michael Jackson and other notables, including the Pope. The museum is located in the Laclede's Landing entertainment district, an easy walk to restaurants, clubs and souvenir shops. Receive two free children's tickets with each adult ticket.
The district is named after Pierre Laclede, the man who founded St. Louis. Amuse yourself by walking on the cobblestone streets or, if you are feeling bold, take a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy the view of the riverboat casinos on the Mississippi. There are several restaurants to choose from, and when the weather permits, you can dine outside and listen to the street musicians. Partake in a dinner theater show at the Royal Dumpe, which is actually a lot better than the name implies.
By the 1960s, almost all of the buildings on the riverfront had been torn down to make way for the Gateway Arch. The only building on the Arch grounds that remained was the Old Cathedral, just west of the Arch's south leg. The Old Cathedral was inaugurated in 1818. Inside there are religious statues and paintings that tell the story of Christ's crucifixion. There are postcards available for sale inside a gift shop on the west side of the building. Guests are welcome from the morning through the afternoon.
The Missouri Athletic Club Building is a Renaissance style structure built in 1903. The building houses the much coveted Missouri Athletic Club. It is a 13 story structure and has all the facilities that a club can provide. Right from banquets and catering to pools and gyms, the building has everything. Despite of being old, the building stands tall and proud. It has been in function right from the time of its inception. For details regarding rentals and memberships please connect to the club's website.
The exhibits at the Old Courthouse, most of which are actual models or historic items rather than mere text or photographs, date back to 1764, at which time the St. Louis region was a French fur trading port. Other exhibits come from eras ranging from colonial times on up to the 20th century. The Old Courthouse served as an actual courthouse from the mid-19th century up until 1930.
This is one of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks in the United States. See where some of the nation's money is printed.
Built circa 1995, this landmark is located in the heart of Downtown St. Louis, seating more than 70,000 people for sporting events, concerts and conventions. Although the dome is young, it has been a host to many personalities and groups, such as the Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, the Pope and the St. Louis Rams. Tickets can be purchased by telephone, through the dome's Web site or at the box office. Parking around and near the dome is plentiful, and most spots are within easy walking distance. MetroLink may be the best way to get there. There are concession vendors and onsite novelty sales.
St. Louis is a city that is proud of its professional sports teams. If you are a football fan, you can catch some great National Football League games at the Trans World Dome when the Rams are playing at home. Fans pack the 66,000-seat arena to cheer for the Rams, who moved here from Los Angeles in 1995. As you might expect, traffic can be a nightmare around the downtown arena during home games. No parking is allowed in front of the Broadway central entrance.
Now serving as quarters for government offices, this building is known worldwide to architecture students as the forerunner of skyscraper construction. Drive by to see this 11-storey building, which was designed by famed architect Louis H. Sullivan using steel supports. Taking its name from Elias Wainwright, the affluent St. Louis businessman who commissioned the design, this structure ranked as the world's most modern building upon its completion in 1892. A floral terra cotta exterior enhances the building with designs that vary from floor to floor, giving it an old-fashioned charm.