We had to get there in the car; it was out of our daily orb. Way past the high school on Dunn Road. An exotic place then. Much later, its sign is on the DE-cline.
Funny that it seems normal to see this memory only in black and white. The media, such as it was was just that. The clean design of this architecture almost demands it. After a while, shopping centers had to be covered, and this jewel was lost. The grab for money was on.
Those globes hanging from the front facade of Goldies, was it? This height of style impressed even a ten year old. During the sixties, when this country was different, even in VERY middle class suburbs, the design style was fresh. People were working, taxes being paid, accommodations growing like weeds to embrace the boom. Nearby McDonnell Douglas was literally reaching for the moon. Our needs in this place? Bona Venture Art Supply.
The Gateway Arch on the riverfront was finished in 1965. Simple and moving, this was the image for our city. Every week the Post-Dispatch had photos of the progress. Creeping cranes were invented to put these aluminum clad blocks in place. Eero Sarrinen led our way.
Lambert Airport finished in 1956 and designed by Minoru Yamasaki, was influential for many later international airport spaces. Softer arches than the later Gateway braced the glass clad and flowing interior space.
The colors of those plastic chairs would pop your eyes out in this black and white world.
Henry Moore figures frame arches of water which perfectly reflect Yamasaki’s roof design.
We were living in Art. Why did it take so long to notice it? Bauhaus, anyone?