Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Grand Basin
Heart of the 1904 World's Fair
— Forest Park —
During the World's Fair, the Grand Basin and adjoining plaza provided the central scenic panorama for the event's 20 million attendees. On either side stood a dozen temporary — yet grand themselves — palaces built of plaster and wood. The only permanent structure remaining from this area is the Cass Gilbert-designed Palace of Fine Arts, now the St. Louis Art Museum. AS part of the Forest Park Master Plan, the entire Grand Basin was restored in 2003, with eight beautifully lit fountains running year-round.
Still the Heart of St. Louis
Today the Emerson Grand Basin is one of the most popular sites in St. Louis for wedding and prom photos. On snowy days, Art Hill — between the Basin and the Art Museum — is a favorite family sledding spot for generations of St. Louisans.
The Emerson Grand Basin is among dozen of significant landmarks, landscapes and natural areas restored and maintained through the public-private partnership of the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever.
Forest Park — one of the Great Public Space in America* — is St. Louis' big backyard.
While Forest Park fell into disrepair during the second half of the last century, a $100 million restoration campaign led by Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis initiated a magnificent new era for the Park. Today, Forest Park Forever and the City continue this partnership to restore, maintain and sustain this civic treasure, with more Master Plan restoration projects recently completed, underway and planned for the coming years.
Erected by City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry; Forest Park Forever.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 38.571′ N, 90° 17.448′ W. Marker is in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Lagoon Drive east of Fine Arts Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Louis MO 63110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Can the Past Tear Us Apart? (approx. ¼ mile away); What's the Value of Open Space? A Fair Legacy: The Art Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); Where Do We Celebrate Our Rights? (approx. ¼ mile away); How Do We Support Culture? (approx. ¼ mile away); How Do We Understand the Past? (approx. 0.3 miles away); Follow the Missouri History Museum (approx. 0.3 miles away); How Will We Renew the Park? (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forest Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 3. submitted on May 3, 2019.