Special Walks Added to Ten Toe Express Spring Session

Spring Ten Toe Express is right around the corner with some exciting new CMT Special Walks! We have recently added to our list of special walks for the Spring 2013 Session of the Ten Toe Express. See the walk details below or check the Ten Toe website for more information. We hope to see you there!

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>Ten Toe Express Spring 2013 Kick-off Walk to Central Library 

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 9:10 a.m.

Where to meet: Shrewsbury Metrolink Station (at top of platform)

Destination: Central Library in Downtown St. Louis

Cost: Free!

RSVP: REQUIRED – RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE

The group will depart the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station on the 9:19 a.m. train to Union Station. From there, the group will walk to the Central Library on Olive where Library docents will provide group tours of the newly renovated library.

The Beaux Art Italian Renaissance building design by Cass Gilbert is now reopened in downtown St. Louis. On December 9, 2012, the building reopened after a closure since June 2010 for an extensive restoration and renovation. Beautifully designed rooms on the 2nd floor now resemble the way rooms looked when the building opened in 1912. Bright new enlarged spaces for children and teens occupy the 1st floor as well as a new accessible entrance on Locust Street. Come see what Central Library has in store for the next 100 years!

The tours are estimated to last for an hour to one and a half hours. Following the tours, Ten Toe Walkers are free to head back to Union Station to catch the train, visit other sites in Downtown St. Louis or head over to Busch Stadium for a Cardinals Day Game.

This walk will be led by the CMT staff. We hope you can join us as we kick off what is sure to be another great Spring Ten Toe Express session!

 

>North Riverfront Walking Tour

When: Tuesday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.

Where to meet: Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Station

Destination: North Riverfront Walk

Cost: Free!

RSVP: REQUIRED – call (314)231-7272 or email info@cmt-stl.org

Join CMT and Guest Walk leader Michael Allen for a tour of the North Riverfront on Tuesday, May 14.  Architectural historian Michael Allen founded Preservation Research Office in August 2009 after having worked professionally in historic preservation for nearly five years. The Preservation Research Office synthesizes Allen’s professional expertise and practice in public architectural history, started in 2003 when he began writing the widely-read website (and now blog) Ecology of Absence. Allen’s research has remained concerned with the impact of deindustrialization, population loss and postwar urban renewal projects on the preservation of historic urban landscapes. In recent years, Michael has lectured on architectural history and historic preservation at Washington University in St. Louis, New York University, St. Louis University, Fontbonne University, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and other institutions.

 

>Belleville Historical Society tour of the Old Belleville

When: Tuesday, June 4, 9:30 a.m.

Where to meet: Belleville MetroLink Station

Destination: Historic Belleville

Cost: Free!

RSVP: not required

Join special guest walk leaders Bob Brunkow and Larry Betz with the Belleville Historical Society for a walk of historic Belleville neighborhoods. For those who have joined us in the past, this walk will include new sites. The district is one of the oldest residential areas in Belleville. Along its streets lived some of the most prominent people in Belleville, including a key political advisor of Abraham Lincoln, and many Civil War veterans. Adjacent to the homes of the merchant princes and politicians are the humble German American brick cottages of coalminers, blacksmiths, and brick makers. The homes built from the 1850s to the 1930s reflect many different architectural styles.

The walk begins at the Belleville Metrolink Station and proceeds briskly to the corner of Mascoutah Avenue and Main Street, where the narrative begins.  We tour Mascoutah, Abend, Garfield, Fulton, and Charles Streets, a distance of about eleven blocks, but the transit time to and from the Metrolink station makes this a fairly lengthy trip.