Landmarks Association of St. Louis needs your vote!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Landmarks Association of St. Louis is eligible for a Monsanto Grow St. Louis grant, which it desperately needs in order to continue in its mission to research, educate and advocate for our city's historic built environment.  Please cast your vote here, just type Landmarks in the project search field, and be sure to validate your vote via email:

Vote for Landmarks!


by Andrew Weil,

If awarded a grant from Monsanto, Landmarks would utilize the funds to assist in education; and for public tours and events that are offered to participants at no charge. Currently, WABMO is partially funded through the Regional Arts Commission (RAC). RAC’s funding for WABMO (due to the agency’s own economic limitations) has steadily declined over the years, and there is no guarantee that WABMO will receive funds from RAC in 2012. Additionally, in the past, the program was attended by students from schools (public and private) that could afford to pay a minimum per-student rate. As schools have cut back on budgets for field trips, WABMO is currently faced with the need to evolve into a free program that can be taken directly to students In other words, because many schools can no longer afford to bring students to WABMO programs, we would like to bring WABMO programs to students by adapting the program to fit individual neighborhoods where schools are located. In addition to WABMO, Landmarks requests grant funding to support lectures, gallery openings, tours and events that can be made available to the public at no charge. Landmarks currently receives no substantial donations or grant monies to support programming though we manage to stage several exhibits and a diverse schedule of tours and lectures throughout the year. For Landmarks to continue such programs at no cost to the public, we need the support of generous donors (such as Monsanto) who are willing to share in our efforts to enrich our city through unique programs and events – both educational and entertaining.


Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc. was incorporated in 1959 by a group of concerned citizens. As St. Louis entered the second half of the 20th century, rapid depopulation, “urban renewal,” slum clearance, increased need for downtown parking, construction of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the realization of the Interstate Highway System resulted in the destruction of tens of thousands of historic buildings. Landmarks was organized to provide an advocate for long-term thinking and sound planning for St. Louis’ wealth of historic architecture. Landmarks believes that the city’s historic architecture is a unique and valuable asset and we are dedicated to its preservation, enhancement, and promotion. Landmarks’ original goals have evolved over the years and the organization’s mission now encompasses education, cultural heritage tourism, community development, and policy advocacy. Monsanto’s “Grow St. Louis” grant program would provide a means for us to “grow” the city by supporting free lectures, events, exhibits and educational programs that are designed to preserve, enhance, and promote our city’s unique built environment. Among others, the grant would support our “WABMO” program (What are Buildings Made Of?). Originally conceived in the early 1990s to teach middle school students about the city’s built environment, WABMO has evolved to address a wide variety of topics such as building materials, architectural styles, and environmental stewardship. A typical program incorporates local history, vivid imagery, and a hands-on teaching session, followed by a walking tour of Downtown or other city neighborhood. Today, the program is adapted for elementary, high school, and college students as well as at-risk youth and senior citizen groups. At Landmarks, we feel that every day presents an opportunity to strengthen St. Louis by reaching out to all citizens with initiatives that encourage appreciation and adaptive reuse of our city’s great wealth of historic buildings and neighborhoods.

Again, VOTE!

Saint Louis Feast Day @ The Royale!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Come by and grab some fresh STL-Style gear today or tomorrow, because you'll want to sport your hometown pride for this awesome Thursday night event (copy provided by The Royale):

The Royale Food and Spirits, which has labored throughout its six-year history to provide some of the most unique and entertaining party experiences in Saint Louis, is announcing another reason to celebrate. On Thursday, August 25th, the Royale will be throwing a party to observe the Feast Day of our city's patron saint, Louis IX of France.

While the liturgical calendar provides the inspiration for this first annual event, the focus is on our city's cultural heritage and its future: a story told through the media of food, cocktails, and craft beer.

The entertainment will also include live music by a French Creole fiddler, short talks by local historians on the founding of Saint Louis and the story of the local beer industry. The night will progress with alternating DJ sets of local and French pop music until closing time.  STL-Style artist Rusty Conklin will be painting some Saint Louis-inspired stencil art in the outdoor courtyard.

The Royale has teamed up with Urban Chestnut Brewing Company to produce a brand new collaboration beer: Apotheosis Farmhouse Ale. This beer, part of UCBC's Reverence Series, will be an orthodox take on a classic French style traditionally enjoyed this time of year, and shares its name with the statue of Saint Louis that stands proudly in Forest Park.

In addition to the headliner, the Royale will be tapping other local talent for the event. In the line-up are kegs of Schlafly's Biere de Garde and a dry-hopped Belgian-style pale ale from newborn Perennial Artisan Ales, as well as an exciting cameo or two from new and nascent local breweries.

As per usual, the Royale staff is preparing a line-up of food and cocktail specials to commemorate the event. Cocktail Museum curator Robert Griffin is preparing a batch of ratafia, an 18th-century-style cordial infused with local berries, and the kitchen will be incorporating fresh, local produce into a French-inspired menu.

Admission is free.

WHAT: Saint Louis Feast Day
WHERE: The Royale, 3132 S. Kingshighway, STL

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 25 - 6:00pm-1:30am

WHY: To honor our city's namesake by sipping local brews and celebrating all things St. Louis!

For the Love of St. Louis!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

If you can't make the daytime events, we invite you to the evening affair at the Regional Arts Commission!

Aged to perfection: Rusty relics in U. City

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A recent drive through University City uncovered even more forgotten treasures (for much more, scroll through our older blog posts).  So I'm cruising south on Sutter Avenue, and I spot these ancient street signs:

I'm not even going to guess what decade these babies are from (okay, fine.... the '40s, maybe?).  Regardless,  they're pretty damn old.  Well, having randomly stumbled upon these relics, I had a hunch that I'd find more cool stuff if I turned east on Spencer Avenue. 

I was right.

I found an ancient bus cemetery!  

The route sign on this old hag is still intact... SHREVE.

The past is very much a part of the present in our old gritty city.  I love you, St. Louis!

Celebrate the Saucer!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The beloved Midtown saucer, most recently known as Del Taco, is threatened by the wrecking ball.  This structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an iconic vestige from the space-age 1960s.  A visionary tenant could bring it to new life.  We're throwing a party in honor of this unique building.

Bring your friends, family, signs and enthusiasm to celebrate for this one-of-a-kind mothership!  This is NOT a protest-- it's a LOVE fest!  Let's come together to promote PRESERVATION, over demolition!

Positive signs only!

WHAT: Save Our Saucer (SOS) Celebration
WHEN: Wednesday, July 6th - 6pm-8pm
WHERE: S.E. corner of Grand & Forest Park Pkwy, in front of the Del Taco saucer
WHY: Because we need to stop destroying the distinctive architecture that makes St. Louis special!

10 Years of STL-Style!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Well, we've hit a major milestone.  In June 2001, we decided to start this lil' t-shirt operation to express our unwavering love of St. Louis.  Apparently we did an okay job at it, because here we are, 10 YEARS LATER, and we have you to thank for our continued success!  To celebrate in our first decade in existence, we are throwing a hell of a party.  We invite you to our Decade One Jubilee on June 18th, beginning at 7pm.  We'll have food, drinks, DJs spinning, a saucy STL-Style burlesque show and discounts on in-store merchandise.  But that's not the only reason to come to Cherokee Street that night.  

Medusa's Craft Menagerie returns for its 2nd year, bringing its unique blend of art, crafts, music and good times to the 3100-3200 blocks of Cherokee. 

To top it off, the Cherokee Stroll will be in full swing that night, which will showcase the galleries, studios and shops that make this street so great.  The St. Louis Arts Project (SLAP) will also be spending the evening prowling these amazing venues.   

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 - Cherokee Street, where else?

GROUPHUG St. Louis -- Embrace Your City!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


City Affair presents GROUPHUG, the first event of its kind in the nation

WHAT:                  GROUPHUG ST. LOUIS

WHO:                         All lovers of St. Louis

WHEN:                       Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 7 – 10 pm

WHERE:                      STyLehouse, 3159 Cherokee St., 63118

HOW MUCH:                Free!


We are asking you and your friends to scour the city for your favorite people, places, and objects—ones that define our city and/or help to explain why you love St. Louis—and HUG these subjects for the camera. Get a friend to snap a photograph of you with your arms wrapped around your favorite St. Louis building, business, monument, person, etc.  On June 2, all participants and friends are invited to attend the GROUPHUG party to view pics, imbibe, listen to music and express your love for STL.

Cleveland-based Saving Cities will be filming portions of the event and conducting interviews to document grassroots efforts to “save” Rust Belt cities from the community up. Put forward your best photograph—and our city’s best face—for our guests from Cleveland. For more information, visit


E-mail your photograph(s) to: by Tuesday, May 31 at 5 p.m. More than one is encouraged! Tell us your name, where you are or who you are with.


Each submission is a chance to win prizes at the GROUPHUG event on June 2, including $100 cash, gift certificates to various St. Louis businesses, and, of course, free hugs. Prize will be awarded to Jury’s Selection for best submission.

For a list of submission rules and guidelines, visit Submission Rules.

Chautauqua Art Lab - Thursday Night Cherokee Crawl

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

We are proud to participate in the Cherokee Street Crawl on the evening of Thursday, May 12th.  This is one of many events associated with Chautauqua Art Lab.  Hope to see you on Cherokee!


a) WEST CHEROKEE: 6-7:30pm
Archive, Fort Gondo (M.S.I.F), STL-Style & Lighthouse Design (STyLehouse), Cranky Yellow, Firecracker Press & Peridot. Group show at Evenn's Apartment Gallery located above Peridot. 

b) EAST CHEROKEE: 7:30- 9pm
Pig Slop (CQAL Fort Project) , Aisle 1 (Joey Potts), All Along Press (Jenny Murphy, Travis Russell, & Angela Malchionno), SPORE Gallery (Juliet Hinely) & David Langley's Studio. 

Location: Cherokee ReAl Garden. Rain Location: Pig Slop
Allen Killian-Moore's "Shut the Mouth" with live sound by Ali Jafar (Minneapolis)

Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cinco de Mayo is around the corner, and no place in St. Louis throws a party like Cherokee Street.  In addition to the lively music, tasty food and funky retail scene that will fill the street on Saturday, May 7th, the legendary People's Joy Parade will delight the crowds beginning at 1:11pm.  STL-Style is a proud sponsor of this year's event, and we'll have plenty of our new Cherokee Street tees available in multiple colors.  

Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street is one of those rare events that can't be described; it must be experienced.  Come visit our booth on the 2800 block, between Nebraska & Oregon.  Viva Cherokee!

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo STL 2011!

WHEN: Saturday, May 7th, 11am-9:30pm

WHERE: Cherokee Street between Iowa & Nebraska aves., South St. Louis City

WHO: Anyone who wants a good excuse to party and drink margaritas in the streets

WHY: Why not?

Cherokee Flag Contest!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dear Cherokee Residents and Friends,

Your friendly neighborhood business association has started an initiative to develop a brand-new Cherokee Street Flag! Powered by our all-time favorite artistic community: Cherokee Street!

Over the next three weeks, we’ll be accepting submissions for a new Cherokee Flag from any St Louis resident active in the Cherokee community and interested in making it a better place. Later on, we’ll have our friends at STL-Style whip up a batch of flags to be featured prominently around the street and at the upcoming Cinco de Mayo festival.

The submission deadline for art is Sunday, May 22nd.

After receiving all submissions we’ll open a poll on to whittle our pool down to a few finalists, from which the CSBA Marketing team will select a champion to be unveiled on Flag Day (June 14th). The winning designer will receive a prize package including $150 cash and their very own Cherokee Street Flag.

Send all submissions and questions to Angelo at, or leave your queries in the comments section below.

Do  keep in mind the following rules and regulations before submitting, thanks for reading, and good luck!


Contestants must be 18 years or older but those younger than 18 may have their design submitted by a teacher, parent or guardian.

Submissions should contain no more than three (3) colors and must be your original work using no stock or clip art images. By submitting a design you guarantee that you hold rights to everything in it, and that it does not contain any copyrighted material.

Submissions must be submitted in PDF format only.

Submissions may not exceed 5MB. We will ask the winner for a high resolution original file.

The Cherokee Station Business Association (CSBA) reserves the right to make any adjustments deemed necessary to the winning design.

The CSBA will have all rights to the winning design. By submitting an entry, you agree that if your design wins, it can be used by the CSBA on all promotional materials

All submissions must be emailed with the following information to be considered eligible: Full Name, Address, Email, Phone Number, Date of Birth.  A short explanation of the design is optional.

Winner of the flag design contest will receive a complimentary flag and recognition on the website, facebook page, twitter and in the relevant marketing venues.

By submitting and entering the contest, you are agreeing to all contest rules and are attesting to the originality of your design.

Any submitted idea, documentation, photograph or design entered in this contest will remain the exclusive property of the CSBA and Entrant agrees that the CSBA shall have the perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable right to edit, publish and use these materials in any way and in any and all media now or hereafter known for trade, advertising, promotional and/or other purposes as the CSBA may determine in its sole discretion without further consideration to Entrant or winner.

The Entrant agrees to assign all rights, title and interest into the submission, including copyright, to the CSBA and waives his/her legal rights in the submission.

By submitting a design and accepting the contest prize, the winning Entrant permits the CSBA to make public and otherwise use the winner’s name, biographical information, city of residence, and submitted work without further compensation in any media now known or hereafter developed for promotional and/or publicity purposes, unless prohibited by law.

Three to five finalists will be selected by popular vote through an online voting system.

The winner will be selected by committee vote, based on creativity, aesthetic and practical application.

Not only will the winning design be seen ALL OVER Cherokee Street … on posters, on t-shirts, on the web, on postcards, etc. but the designer will receive a prize package including $150 cash and their very own Cherokee Street Flag.

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