Fun Facts In St. Louis Construction History  ​

(Slide Your Mouse Over The Fun Fact)

  1. Halevy Simmons
    Halevy Simmons
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    Halevy Hercules Simmons is a little known black architect who designed major projects like the historic Adam’s Mark Hotel and public schools in St. Louis, MO.
  2. The Gateway Arch World's Tallest Man-Made Monument
    The Gateway Arch 
World's Tallest Man-Made Monument
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    Ground-breaking was held June 23, 1959 and the structure was completed on October 28th, 1965.
  3. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
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    St. Louis has played a significant role as the birthplace of the IBEW and the home of many electrical innovations since the late 1800s.
  1. The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse
    The Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse
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    The Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse is the largest single courthouse in the United States and the second-tallest in the world, surpassed only by the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago.
  2. The Wainwright Building World's 1st Modern Office High-Rise
    The Wainwright Building World's 1st Modern Office High-Rise
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    The Wainwright Building. Completed in 1892. It has been described as "a highly influential prototype of the modern office building".
  3. First Interstate Highway
    First Interstate Highway
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    Missouri awarded a contract for work on U.S. 40 - now I-70, the Mark Twain Expressway - in St. Charles County on Aug. 13, 1956.
  1. The Roberts Tower
    The Roberts Tower
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    The first new condo tower built in downtown St. Louis in almost 50 years (2010) and at 25-stories (300 feet) was one of the tallest buildings ever constructed by an African-American developer in the U.S.
  2. The Old Courthouse
    The Old Courthouse
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    The Old Courthouse in St. Louis features the first cast iron dome ever built. It was erected in 1862 and still stands today as part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
  3. Old Cathedral | Basilica of St. Louis, King
    Old Cathedral | Basilica of St. Louis, King
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    The first cathedral west of the Mississippi River was built on the St. Louis riverfront in 1834 at the site of St. Louis’ first church. The Old Cathedral still stands there today.
  1. The Griot Museum of Black History and Culture
    The Griot Museum of Black History and Culture
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    The first wax museum in the Midwest dedicated to African-American historical figures is located in St. Louis. The Griot Museum of Black History & Culture is located near downtown St. Louis.
  2. The Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden
    The Climatron at Missouri Botanical Garden
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    Built in 1960, the Climatron is the first geodesic dome to be used as a greenhouse. It is also the world's first air-conditioned greenhouse.
  3. The Eads Bridge - A Bridge of Firsts
    The Eads Bridge - A Bridge of Firsts
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    It was the first large bridge to span the Mississippi River. First bridge to be built using cantilever support methods exclusively. First river bridge at St. Louis. The world's first steel-truss bridge.
  1. Lambert International Main Terminal
    Lambert International Main Terminal
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    In 1956, Minoru Yamasaki's domed design for Lambert Field is often considered the first modern air terminal inspiring terminals at JFK in New York City and Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France.
  2. The Lambert Lindbergh Tunnel
    The Lambert Lindbergh Tunnel
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    Opened in 2006, it is Missouri’s first traffic tunnel and is located north of Interstate 70, between Lambert Airport and Interstate 270. It is 1,400 feet long and runs underneath the newest runway at Lambert Int'l.
  3. The Fabulous Fox Theatre
    The Fabulous Fox Theatre
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    The Fox Theatre opened in 1929 as one of the crown jewels in William Fox’s motion picture empire. With a seating capacity of 5,060, the Fox was second in size only to New York’s Roxy Theatre.