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« on: March 05, 2008 11:13:44 PM »

Well, I wasn't going to submit to this challenge. I'm moving soon and am honestly getting sick of my hometown. However, I decided to post this site I made while in college (and living in Chicago) when I was really homesick for St. Louis. All the photography is mine. It's meant to showcase a few of the lesser known attractions in St. Louis.



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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008 11:24:45 PM »

Hey you have a Jewel Box in your town? What is it exactly? I see it's a building but what do they do there? I live in Capitola (Santa Cruz), Ca and our "Jewel Box" is a grid of streets all named after jewels. Cheesy  It's cute. We even had a group of women in a mystery book club write their own book about Capitola called "A Jewel Box Mystery" Cheesy I love the front page of your site. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008 11:33:07 PM »

Here's a rundown of the "attractions":

Butterfly House: A big glass building filled with butterflies.
City Museum: A giant jungle gym. Really nutty and hard to explain. You can read more here.
Central West End: A cool neighborhood where I grew up.
Jewel Box: A giant greenhouse. My babysitter's daughter worked here, so I spent a lot of time growing up there, too.

I love how lots of cities have things of similar names that are not at all alike. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2008 06:28:35 AM »

I had to reply because my husband is from across the river in IL and so vacations are always in St. Louis to visit family. My kids LOVED (and so did my husband and I) the city museum. So much fun. And the Butterfly house was very pretty my daughter still remembers visiting and its been about three years! Just had to comment!
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2008 08:14:44 AM »

Yay!
The 'Lou is my second home, since I went to Wash U. I miss it horribly (except the icy sidewalks). I lived in CWE, too, across from the Archbishop - which always made for fun. Heh.

Now I'm craving Provel cheese, and all the crazy crawlspaces in City Museum. Cheesy

(I can't get the page to load, though. Darnit!)
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2008 10:54:23 AM »

Oh man, the City Museum is absolute HEAVEN (I will always be a kid Cheesy). I went to St. Louis a about a year ago and and completely fell in love. We didn't have a lot of time to do things, but everything we got to do was awesome (except for when the arch swayed in the wind- kind of scary). And your site is really cute Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2008 11:00:44 AM »

Here's a rundown of the "attractions":

Butterfly House: A big glass building filled with butterflies.
City Museum: A giant jungle gym. Really nutty and hard to explain. You can read more here.
Central West End: A cool neighborhood where I grew up.
Jewel Box: A giant greenhouse. My babysitter's daughter worked here, so I spent a lot of time growing up there, too.

I love how lots of cities have things of similar names that are not at all alike. Smiley

You can't forget the Magic House, The Arch, Art Hill (awesome hill for sledding) and a few others. I've grown up in St. Louis too. I just recently moved out to Jefferson county (about two weeks ago)... I still find myself thinking of my old house and start to cry.

Anyway. St. Louis can be a bore... but it'll always be home =)
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2008 12:41:32 PM »

I was born and raised in STL and have been gone for 8 years.  I love where I live now, but I miss St. Louis so much sometimes!
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2008 01:55:55 PM »

Hooray! I was hoping someone from STL would post, since I didnt have time. I have lived here my whole life, aside from college, and I love it. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2008 07:51:26 PM »

I was at the City Museum just last Saturday, and I am pleased to say that there is a spectacular vintage clothing store on the 4th floor. You have to pay the entry fee to go up, but come on, who wouldn't want to play and shop at the same time?!
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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2008 08:22:48 PM »

Thanks for all the comments, folks!

ExtremeSpiff: That's where having friends who work there comes in handy.

Calliel: For the most part, I love St. Louis. Just knowing that I'll be moving 2000 miles away this summer has put me in a weird transitional place. Once I leave, I'm sure I'll be very antsy to visit again.

BoredYetCynical: I really need to put some more "attractions" in there. I hadn't thought of the Magic House. Great idea!

Is anyone else having trouble with the site? It works on my computer and the Playstation, but that's all that I have to check it. If it's not working, I'd definitely appreciate a comment or PM. Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2008 05:03:11 PM »

I'm originally from right out side of St. Louis (Waterloo, IL) and I now live in Alabama. I miss the city terribly!!! I'm going there for spring break (exciting I know). I love taking the Anheuser Busch Brewery tour and visiting the Landing. Sadly I didn't realize how much there was to do in the city until I moved away! I think you did a great job with the website, the pictures were beautiful.
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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2008 08:00:54 PM »

I spent time growing up between St. Louis and the Ft. Wood area. My absolute favorite place is the butterfly house. I also LOVE forest park and all the old, beautiful houses around that area. Sometimes I wish my permanent residence would be back up there, but then again if I lived there, I probably wouldn't visit these places as much.
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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2008 08:40:44 PM »

I've lived about 30 minutes from St. Louis my whole life and I've never been to the City Museum, the Butterfly House, OR the Jewel Box. What the heck is wrong with me?
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2008 11:38:57 PM »

hey, way to represent St. Louis, this is great!
I live in South City right off Grand http://www.southgrand.org/ next to Tower Grove Park.http://www.towergrovepark.org/
the Loop just got voted one of the top ten best streets in the U.S., it was some building/planning magazine but Joe Edwards is all excited about it, property values are going up, so what about the Loop? http://www.ucityloop.com/
Forest Park was the largest park in an urban area until they turned half of it into a golf course  Cry  http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark/
someone mentioned art hill, we went sledding there a few days ago!
we've got Laumeier (outdoor) Sculpture Park http://www.laumeier.com/
the Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the best in the nation & FREE to all. http://www.stlouis.art.museum/
Same with the St. Louis Zoo, one of the top 3 zoos in the nation & leading in the world and also absolutely FREE. www.stlzoo.org/
the Fox Theater! http://www.fabulousfox.com/
Soulard Farmer's Market! http://www.soulardmarket.com/(one of the oldest this side of the Mississippi)
Soulard Mardi Gras! http://www.mardigrasinc.com/
the Science Center! (FREE!!) http://www.slsc.org/
Steinberg outdoor Ice Rink! http://www.steinbergskatingrink.com/
the Bowling Hall Of Fame (hahaha!) www.bowlingmuseum.com/
Grant's Farm! (home of the Budweiser clydesdales) http://www.grantsfarm.com/
the Botanical Garden! (3 blocks from my house) www.mobot.org
Scott Joplin's house, Eugene Field house, super creepy wax museum on Laclede's Landing, Ted Drewes, Union Station, Cahokia Mounds, etc etc...

phew! I'm lucky that my boyfriend & I really take advantage of all StL has to offer because we've grown up here. It's easy to hate the weather & stuff but it's a really fun city if you know where to look. Everyone who misses the Lou can geek out on these websites for a minute. and the City Museum is the best!

I've gotta plug the rollergirls while I'm on this tangent, we're quickly becoming a St.L mainstay Smiley www.archrivalrollergirls.com
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« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2008 12:24:21 AM »

I've lived about 30 minutes from St. Louis my whole life and I've never been to the City Museum, the Butterfly House, OR the Jewel Box. What the heck is wrong with me?

You aren't the only one. I still haven't gone to the top of the arch, either (even though I'm in the vicinity twice or thrice a year).
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« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2008 06:32:21 AM »

If nothing else, you have to go to the City Museum. I've never seen anything like it before, and it's just about the most fun you can possibly have with a bunch of welded-together trash.
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« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2008 07:44:21 AM »

St Louis is my new home town.  I love living here.  You've hit a bunch of the reasons.  It is a great place to explore and if you get tired of being in the city it doesn't take long to be upriver looking at eagles or out west exploring wine country.  My favorite spot (today) is Klondike Park where you can sift through the white sand, chase skinks and look over the Missouri River valley.  Plus all of the trails throughout the region are fantastic. 

And having just spent 'Spring' break visiting real winter in my old home town up north, I'm not going to complain about the weather here! 

Sorry to hear you are moving away from us.  I have enjoyed seeing your art in person! 
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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2008 01:19:05 PM »

MMmmmm Ted Drewes! 

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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2008 03:03:17 PM »

We're originally from the other side of the river (O'fallon, IL) and I love the Butterfly House! We took my daughter there when she was about 9months old and she was captivated. Her stroller was bright orange and red, which attracted the butterflies. It was neat!


Thanks so much for sharing. We're stranded in the desert right now, and miss STL.
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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2008 03:45:27 PM »

I'm kind of excited. I've lived near chicago since I was 7, so it really is my hometown city, but I'll be going to Wash U next year, and get to explore a new city, and you guys are all making it sound awesome.
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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2008 10:37:16 PM »

I love your website.  We must be neighbors because I live a block and a half from the Botanical Gardens.  What are some of your favorite crafting places in St, Louis?   Ever been to Leftovers?
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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2008 01:37:26 PM »

Ha ha!  So funny, I'm sitting in a St. Louis hotel right now.. wondering what to do.  LOL!!  Cute site.  I might go visit the butterfly house.  Thanks for the info.  Wink
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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2008 12:48:10 PM »

Hurray for St.Louis/St.Charles! That's the area I live in.
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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2008 01:23:25 PM »

I had to reply because my husband is from across the river in IL and so vacations are always in St. Louis to visit family. My kids LOVED (and so did my husband and I) the city museum. So much fun. And the Butterfly house was very pretty my daughter still remembers visiting and its been about three years! Just had to comment!

Thats too funny, I'm right across the river in Il too.  About an hour away from downtown.  I've been thinking of taking my kids to the city museum, but not sure if their too young yet.  Especially for the price (I'd like to take them to the aquarium too).  Maybe this summer we may do something besides the Zoo
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