Saturday, June 22, 2013
10:00 AM–1:00 PM
$10; $5 for CAM members. Registration required, limited seats.
Join Michael Allen, architectural historian and director of the Preservation Research Office on a tour that examines public art, forgotten architectural marvels, and hidden collections in and around the city of St. Louis. The tour’s themes juxtapose the fixed nature of architecture and public art (“the work”) with the constant transitory practices of relocation, demolition, salvage, and radical reinterpretation (“work”). Route includes stops in Downtown, Old North, and Sauget, Illinois—with a tour of the Saint Louis Arts Building Foundation.
Architectural historian Michael Allen founded the Preservation Research Office in 2009. Working at the intersection of architectural history and cultural memory, the Preservation Research Office developed after Allen began writing the widely-read website (and now blog) Ecology of Absence. His research remains concerned with the impact of deindustrialization, population loss, and postwar urban renewal projects on the preservation of historic urban landscapes. He has authored (as sole or joint author) 38 successful National Register nominations. He has written for such publications as Next American City, Omnitectural Forum, CTheory, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Beacon, the Vital Voice and the St. Louis American and is a guest commentator for St. Louis Public Radio.