Friday, August 15, 2008

The City Museum - Chutes, Slides and a Pipe Organ

The building that houses the City Museum used to be a shoe warehouse. That was one of the biggest industries here but now it's all overseas. Referring to that business, Anheuser-Busch and the long-gone St. Louis Browns baseball team, there was once a saying that St. Louis was "first in shoes, first in booze and last in the American League."

There is an air shaft in the center of the old building. The directors of the museum have filled the tall, narrow space with a pipe organ and a labyrinth of spiral chutes and slides. You can get the general idea from the top picture. The bottom photos show people hanging around and sliding down them.

WHAT REALLY NICE THING HAPPENED TODAY: I was invited to photograph the annual blessing of the animals at the local Episcopal cathedral. Somebody saw my offer on the blog to contact me about shooting community events and sent me an email. That's going to be fun. Not until October 4, though.

TOMORROW: more from the City Museum (this could go on forever). This time it's their World Aquarium.


Virginia said...

What a fabulous place. Why don't we hear more about it? I think it's St. Louis' best kept secret. It's hard to believe that there is so much in one place. Your photographs are just great. Bring on more.

JM said...

Wow! Those stairs are amazing!!! Very nice shot!

Wayne said...

Wow, a great image. It makes me think of scenes from the movies like City of Lost Children or Brazil.

Anonymous said...

I am impressed. That is really something amazing.

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Tash said...

What an fabulous angle for the organ photo. Superb.