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View on Market Street East from Twentieth Street.

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Identifier: N39032

Title: View on Market Street East from Twentieth Street.

Description: View of Market Street, east from Twentieth Street. Union Station, Aloe Plaza, and the Civil Court House are pictured. During the 1920’s a movement to beautify St. Louis was underway. The Civil Improvement League was pushing for a central parkway through the cities center. The League was successful in 1923 no thanks in large part to Louis P. Aloe, president of the Board of Aldermen. Aloe, a leading St. Louis business man, held the position through 1923 and became the highest elected Jewish official in the city. At one point Aloe was even acting mayor when the current mayor’s illness prevented him from fulfilling his duties. Upon his death in 1929, Aloe’s widow, an admirer of Swedish sculptor Carl Milles, pushed for Milles to design a green space in memory of Aloe, who made the parkway possible. The resulting fountain and statues at Aloe Plaza were dedicated in 1940. The piece, originally titled “The Wedding of the Rivers” features two life-size bronze statues, male and female, symbolizing the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. This, combined with their classical nudity, were too much for public sensibilities, and the figures were renamed “The Meeting of the Waters,” although the nudity remains. The Civil Courts building was also included in the same 1923 public works bond issue that gave us Aloe Plaza and the Kiel Auditorium. It was designed by Klipstein & Rathmann and the Plaza Commission, Inc., and opened for business in 1930. It’s art deco features included a replica of King Mauolus tomb in Asia Minor, built in 352 B.C, and a step pyramid at it apex, atop a Greek temple, with a pair of griffins at it’s peak.

Rights: UND

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1935

Type(s): Photograph


Subjects: horizontal
black and white
Downtown (Saint Louis, MO)
Market Street
Twentieth Street
Union Station (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Street lighting
Aloe Plaza (Saint Louis, Mo.)
Civil Court House
Hotel Edison
Falstaff Brewing Corporation
Eight Street Garage
Parking garages
Terminal Hotel
Public architecture
St. Louis Street Scenes


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