Last night I ventured out to North County to see the historic Lewis & Clark Library and hear a talk by Esley Hamilton on Frederick Dunn. It features incredible stained glass windows by artist Robert Harmon of Emil Frei & Associates and is by far the most architecturally significant building in the St. Louis County Library system. It is also, coincidentally, slated for demolition under SLCL’s 2012 Facilities Master Plan. It all comes down to politics. Other parts of the county are getting new libraries...politicians feel that there will be an uproar if North County just gets a renovation project. I don't think the City of St. Louis was unhappy with the gorgeous renovation project of our City Library!
Please take a moment to write these people to express your concern.
Your input is crucial!
To write in favor of preserving and renovating the historic Lewis & Clark Branch for future use, send a few words to:
St. Louis County Library
Lynn Beckwith, Jr. President of the Board of Trustee 1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63131.
St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley: http://www.stlouisco.com/YourGovernment/CountyExecutive/DearCharlie
We are all so used to seeing religious scenes in stained glass. I found it exhilarating to see the Lewis & Clark depictions in stained glass. It is worth the jaunt to see these wonders- 9909 Lewis-Clark Boulevard