Category Archives: Saint Louis
On Tuesday, after visiting the Foundry, we headed over to the gardens, which was our afternoon destination all along. We got there late, with only a couple of hours until closing, but we were still able see most things there. Spring continues to make major progress outdoors and in the Climatron, gorgeous tropical flowers were on display. Photos were taken, sure to be displayed later on this blog. Wednesday, we walked in Forest Park, which is where we saw the pictured sun dog. I was distressed to see that the flowering trees that lined the pathway between the visitor’s center and Pogoda Circle had been taken down. Fear not though, because gardeners were on station, with stacks of burlap wrapped replacement trees waiting to be planted. Those were two beautiful sunny days that are now followed by today’s rain.
City Foundry STL
Still very much a work in progress, City Foundry STL, is in Midtown Saint Louis and is now open for business. Once the site of the Century Electric Company, once one of the top three manufacturers in the city, it has been reimagined as a multiuse urban mall. Location, location, location… On Vandeventer, with easy Highway Forty access, across the street from IKEA and most importantly only a stone’s throw from Saint Louis University. Venues include many boutique shops, with plenty of storefront spaces yet unfilled. Pictured above is a view of the food court, where we late lunched. Anne brought Argentine Empanadas to the table, and I found Tandoori to share. After lunch we toured the arcade, with virtual reality games and putt-putt golf. The golf game there is at the next level compared to our usual fare in the Soo, but even with four courses, based upon the relative allocation of floorspace, drinking is the real game in this town. Other unexplored attractions include a market and movie theater. Phase II, a high-rise apartment building is well underway. Great River Greenways has their office at the Foundry, so that it continues bringing great greenways to Saint Louis. Their new location is ideal for their next big project, a greenway that connects Forest Park to the Arch and Tower Grove Park to Fairgrounds Park. Across the highway from the Foundry is another new attraction in midtown. The Armory bills itself as the biggest bar in the city and word has it that it is also a great venue to watch the new soccer team from.