St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Elegance and Beauty through the Years
The serpentine wall and Kiener Memorial Entrance to the Zoo were designed by William Bernoudy in 1966.
William Bernoudy was a St. Louis-born architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. He played a vital role in the architecture of St. Louis, and his work represents a major contribution to the history of modern architecture.
The Zoo's brick serpentine wall design is similar to Thomas Jefferson's early neoclassical garden at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The origin of serpentine walls dates to 16th century England.
The Saint Louis Zoo is proud to have had William Bernoudy design this wall, along with the Kiener Memorial Entrance. William Bernoudy's name will be forever linked to these features of the Zoo and Forest Park.
In 2014, the Bernoudy Foundation endowed the Saint Louis Zoo position of the William Bernoudy Vice President of Architecture and Planning.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Parks & Recreational AreasFormer U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1966.
Location. 38° 38.238′ N, 90° 17.332′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Government Drive south of Government Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 68 Government Drive, Saint Louis MO 63112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Why Are These Rocks Important? (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Century of Free Flight (about 600 feet away); Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Government Hill & The World's Fair Pavilion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Post-Dispatch Lake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Louis Zoo Friends Association (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Louis Zoo 2004: Gateway to the Animal World (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Louis Art Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
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 138 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 3, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.