Midtown is home to St. Louis’s theater district as well as several temples, churches and museums. Each of these buildings has contributed in some part to the rich history of the city of St. Louis. The following are four of these landmarks that are must sees when in this portion of the city. The Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown and the Hilton St. Louis-Downtown are the closest hotels to midtown.
1) The Fox Theater
Located on what is considered the main drag of midtown, the Fox Theater was opened in 1929 as the most extravagant move theater in St. Louis and the second largest in the country. Although it suffered from decline in the 60s and 70s, along with the rest of the city, the Fox experienced a rebirth when investors Mary and Leon Strauss bought the theater in 1981 and painstakingly restored the Fox to near original condition. With tours offered between shows, the Fox is a must see for theater enthusiasts.
2) Lindell Towers
Situated on the east of Lindell from the Central West End is the St. Louis Medical Society and the Moolah Temple. Apart of an area known as the Lindell Towers, these buildings date back to the 1920s, when the city medical society building was constructed in 1925 using funds from city physicians. The building, along with the nearby Moolah Temple, was designed by Albert Groves and is still used by the city medical society. These buildings are a must for anyone who is into early 20th Century architecture.
3) University Club Tower
The tallest building in this area, the University Club Tower was built in 1918 using plans from area architects Ernest and Young. Until 1974, the building was occupied by the University Club, hence the name of the tower. After the club moved out, the lower floors of the building were used for office space, then converted into housing. In 1990, HUD took over and renovated the building into the University Club. Also in this area is 3rd Baptist Church, one of the oldest in the nation.
4)Masonic Temple, Scottish Rite Cathedral
One of the most picturesque buildings in St. Louis, the Masonic Temple was designed by architects from the office of city architect Albert Groves. The rather windowless building, along with the miniscule cut openings in the temple’s facades gives it the form of immensity, durableness and mystery. Completed in 1926, the temple is home to several different masonic organizations, including the Scottish Rite Masons in 1971, a sale that included a Victorian Mansion that the masons tore down in order to provide parking space and avoid the high maintenance and other upkeep costs on the mansion.
In the end, these are just four of the many historical buildings in the midtown area of St. Louis. As with the rest of the city, midtown is rich in history, diverse architecture and landmarks. As stated above, all of these places are must sees in midtown.