Saint Louis in Independence County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
During Shaw’s lifetime, the building served as a natural history museum, a library, and herbarium, with more than 60,000 specimens, and was a visible reminder to all visitors that this Garden was more than just a pretty park, but also a scientific institution.
Made of Missouri limestone and locally manufactured bricks, the building retains many of its original architectural features, such as the tile floors, built-in bookcases, and woodwork. The original ceiling mural, painted by Leon Pomaréde, was restored in 1930 along with the ceiling. During the 20th century, the building was used for research, meeting space, office space and even a restaurant.
Location. 38° 36.74′ N, 90° 15.453′ W. Marker is in Saint Louis, Missouri, in Independence County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4344 Shaw Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum Tower Grove House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central Axis (about 700 feet away); Kresko Family Victorian Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); 3101-13 South Grand Boulevard (approx. 1.1 miles away); 3014-26 South Grand Boulevard (approx. 1.1 miles away); 3121-23 South Grand Boulevard (approx. 1.1 miles away); 3127 South Grand Boulevard (approx. 1.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The Museum Building is on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The building is closed for renovation.
Also see . . .
1. Missouri Botanical Garden - Wikipedia. Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education of international repute, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis, with 79 acres (32 ha) of horticultural display. (Submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Henry Shaw (philanthropist) - Wikipedia (Submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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