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Deb Peterson’s Breaking Schmooze 11/9/09

9. November 2009

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THE PALLADIUM ST. LOUIS MAKES ITS DEBUT WITH THE LANDMARK’S ASSOCIATION GALA

By Deb Peterson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Revelers enjoy the opening of the Palladium St. Louis for the Landmarks Association's 50th anniversary

DEB-U-DOS: The Palladium St. Louis at 1400 Park Place shone on Saturday night for its event debut, the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis.

With lights and valets and fireworks, the newly restored landmark – which was once the laundry building for the old General Hospital complex — put its stamp on the surrounding Lafayette Square neighborhood.

Chris Goodson, whose Gilded Age development renovated the space for Richard Nix Jr. and his company, Butler’s Pantry, was on hand to make sure things went right. John McGuire, director of development for Butler’s Pantry (and the eldest son of our beloved late colleague, John McGuire), made sure the first dishes out of the new kitchen met with the firm’s high standards.

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Richard Nix Jr. (upper left corner) of the Butler's Pantry and some of his family on hand for the opening of the Palladium St. Louis

With nearly 400 people on hand for the event, the room was spacious and airy and allowed for plenty of circulation, dancing and auction-item display. Jefferson Mansell, Landmarks topper, said the gala raised about $80,000 for the association’s education programs.

He said one of the items he most liked in the auction was a plane ride over St. Louis during which the passenger could get photos of many local landmarks. Mansell said the item, which was donated by Rick Klassen, was so popular that Klassen decided to donate it two times. Klassen is the pilot who will be taking up the highest bidders.

Landmarks board member Bill Schawacker, a driving force behind the gala, said he was thrilled with the celebration. Schawacker was there with his better half, Charlene Prost, former development reporter for the Post-Dispatch.

Spotted here and there in the room: Jill and Dan McGuire, Vince and Lois Schoemehl, Paul Ha, Philip Slein, Jim Schmidt, Sara and Gary Tetley, Walker Gaffney, Madeline Dames, Cileia Miranda-Yuen and Andrew Yuen, Pamela Kuehling, Monica McFee, Kelly and Andy Trivers (who was pretty puffed-up about the recent opening of sorts of the row of illuminated rooftop wind turbines he designed on the Delmar Loop); and event organizers Susan Barrett with Chris Poehler, Charles and Shirley Drury, Amrit and Amy Gill and Anne Stupp.

Palladium Saint Louis Gets a Planter

6. November 2009

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St  Louis Planter at the Palladium_091106aA 6’ diameter Parkway Edition of The St. Louis Planter was installed and decorated today as a “horn of plenty” at Palladium Saint Louis in preparation for the Palladium’s inaugural event this coming Saturday.   

Special thanks to the following who assisted with expediting this latest St. Louis Planter project in a very timely manner:

Horstmann Brothers Landscape Services/Jim Schulte for coordinating the construction of a concrete mounting pad by Mullen Concrete Contracting and today’s facilitation of transporting and placing the 2500 lb. planter.

Garden Heights Nursery of Richmond Heights for their generous donation of decorative pumpkins and ornamental kale.

Greenscape Gardens of Manchester for their generous donation of decorative pumpkins, gourds and ornamental kale.

Summit Produce and Nursery of Kirkwood Farmers Market for their generous donation of an extensive assortment of decorative gourds.

Next spring, a ground cover planting of creeping liriope will be planted to surround and soften the The St. Louis Planter’s mounting platform.

 

For more information about The St. Louis Planter, visit: www.gatewaygreening.org/StLouisPlanter.asp

Open House Photos

5. November 2009

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Sneak Peek Open House Event

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Sneak Peek Open House – A Huge Success!

3. November 2009

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 Click the following link to see our write up in the Saint Louis Fine Restaurant Guide from November 1, 2009.
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Deb Peterson’s Breaking Schmooze 11/2/09

2. November 2009

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HISTORY AND ARCHITECHTURE SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT THIS SATURDAY’S
50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE LANDMARK’S ASSOCIATION OF ST. LOUIS

By Deb Peterson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

TAKE A PEEK AT THE PALLADIUM

Mark your calendars for this Saturday’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Palladium St. Louis, a newly restored landmark in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.

This is the event debut for the Palladium, 1400 Park Place, which is being operated by Richard Nix’s Butler’s Pantry.

Jefferson Mansell, who was named to head Landmarks just over a year ago, notes that the Palladium is a prime example of the types of partnerships that the association is trying to foster. Real estate developers, the professional design and urban planning community and preservation advocates collaborated to make the concept of the Palladium become a reality, said Mansell.

who was named to head Landmarks just over a year ago, notes that the Palladium is a prime example of the types of partnerships that the association is trying to foster. Real estate developers, the professional design and urban planning community and preservation advocates collaborated to make the concept of the Palladium become a reality, said Mansell.

The space was once a support facility for the city’s former General Hospital complex. It has been designed and developed by Chris Goodson’s Gilded Age, a Lafayette Square-area developer, and The Lawrence Group, an architecture and planning company.

Gilded Age is also responsible for the 2006 repurposing of the hospital’s main building as The Georgian, a high-end condominum complex. Mansell says the Palladium, which is intended to be a special-events venue, builds on that development. He added that persistent work by preservationists prevented the hospital from being destroyed after it was abandoned in 1985.

The gala is intended to raise new funding for Landmarks’s community awareness activities, which include a docent program, a K-12 school partnership program and the new Architecture Center for Metropolitan St. Lous.

The first H. Meade Summers Jr. Award will be presented at the gala. Summers has led the formation and funding of many of the state’s major preservation organizations and has spearheaded the rehabilitation of some of the state’s most prominent landmarks over the past 40 years.

Event co-chairs are Susan Barrett, Charles and Shirley Drury, Amrit and Amy Gill, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield and Robert and Anne Stupp.Pamela Kuehling, who is on the Gala Steering Committee, rounded up the auction items for the event. Monica McFee, William Schawacker and the association’s Mansell are also on the steering committee., who was named to head Landmarks just over a year ago, notes that the Palladium is a prime example of the types of partnerships that the association is trying to foster. Real estate developers, the professional design and urban planning community and preservation advocates collaborated to make the concept of the Palladium become a reality, said Mansell.: Mark your calendars for this Saturday’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Palladium St. Louis, a newly restored landmark in the Lafayette Square neighborhood.

1400 PARK PLACE, SAINT LOUIS MO 63104   P 314 881 4301    F 314 664 9866

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