Back in 2009, when I first started my North County blog, NOCO, I wrote about the amazing Lewis & Clark library and how it was threatened with demolition. Designed by modernist architect Frederick Dunn in 1963, this mid-century treasure is still in danger of being torn down, and that’s why St. Louis County preservation historian Esley Hamilton is holding a lecture there on Wednesday.
Hosted by Modern STL, “Frederick Dunn: St. Louis Modernist” will cover Dunn’s various projects, including St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (Nagel & Dunn, 1939) and the National Council of State Garden Clubs Headquarters (Dunn & Stinson, 1959). Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for a sunset stroll through the reading room before heading downstairs to the auditorium at 7:30pm. After the lecture, Mr. Hamilton and Modern STL board members will lead a brief discussion on the building’s future and what you can do to prevent its demolition.
The Lewis & Clark branch of St. Louis County Library is located 9909 Lewis & Clark Blvd (Hwy 367), 63136. For more info on the library’s important place in St. Louis’ MCM history, check out this article from Docomomo.
Frederick Dunn: St. Louis Modernist: Wednesday, October 23, 7:30pm