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Saint Louis in Independence County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Museum Building

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2014
1. Museum Building Marker
Inscription. Constructed between 1859 and 1860, this neoclassic building is one of only five original structures at the Garden by Henry Shaw. While the exterior was designed by George l.Barnett, the interior resembles Museum No. 2, the Economic Botany Museum at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nathaniel Lyon (approx. 2.8 miles
Museum Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2014
2. Museum Building Marker
away); St. Louis Arsenal (approx. 2.9 miles away); Union Station (approx. 3 miles away); Aloe Plaza (approx. 3 miles away); Capture of Camp Jackson (approx. 3 miles away); La Rue Missouri (approx. 3.8 miles away); Dred and Harriet Scott (approx. 3.8 miles away); Joseph Pulitzer (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Louis.
 
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
Museum Building plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2014
3. Museum Building plaque
Erected by Henry Shaw in 1859 as a
Museum and Library
The ceiling decorations, pained under Mr. Shaw’s direction, depict the flora of the world. Restored in 1930 and opened for the first time as an auditorium in that year.
. Henry Shaw (July 24, 1800 in Sheffield, England – August 25, 1889 in St. Louis, Missouri) was a philanthropist and is best known as the founder of the Missouri Botanical Garden. (Submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Obelisk in front of the Museum Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2014
4. Obelisk in front of the Museum Building
To the memory of
Thomas Nuttall
Born in England 1789
and Died Sept 1859
Honour to him the zealous
and successful naturalist
the father of Western American
botany, The worthy compeer of
Barton, Michaux, Hooker,
Torrey, Gray and
Engelmann.
Henry Shaw image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, n.d.
5. Henry Shaw
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 14, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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