Friday, November 20, 2015

Old Post Office Plaza

The Old Post Office Plaza has good reviews online.  City Planners have looked for ways to create inviting spaces in the city, this project is one of several that speak to me.

 “Torso di Ikro”  (The Torso of Icarus) by Igor Mitoraj.  The overall “theme” is the story of Daedalus and Icarus escaping from Patmos.

 This is referred to as “The Labyrinth” in keeping with the overall theme.  I like all the places to sit and enjoy the moment.  It’s built so you could feel alone, or enjoy time with others.  Kinda perfect for all kinds of stuff, reading, snacking, relaxing, just catching a moment . . .

 Isn’t this a beautiful fountain?  There are steps leading right down to it, the water is clear and spills out like peaceful magic.   

Trees along the border of the Plaza, I don’t know what Master Gardener picked the landscaping, but they sure did a great job.  Standing in downtown St. Louis and feeling as if we are in some secluded sanctuary.  I admit that Fall is my favorite season, so the coloring, along with perfect weather, sure helps lift my spirits.  

Here it is, the “Old Post Office,” right across the street.  When it opened in 1873 it was four blocks from the riverfront and people complained it was “too far west.” (The census reports suggests St. Louis is now 66 sq miles, much farther west than citizens in mid-1800’s imagined.)  A lot of ideas have been used to preserve this gorgeous building, using it as a focal point in the city, giving it new purpose and beautiful surroundings seems to be working.  I’m glad.

 

5 comments:

  1. tom the backroads traveller November 20, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    “I’m not lost, I am exploring”…I like that. I’m never lost, I just am not always sure where I am.

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  2. Ida P. Krause November 20, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    That’s such a great looking Post Office and it’s neat they are doing things to keep it preserved. I like the different art work. That first piece is very unusual and different.
    The fountain is pretty.
    I think my favorite would be the Labryinth and the lovely tree lined street. Fall is one of my favorite seasons.

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  3. tanya breese November 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    wow, what a gorgeous old post office and that fountain is beautiful! thank you for sharing and have a great weekend 🙂

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  4. Su-sieee! Mac November 20, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    I love the uniqueness of everything — the statue, the fountain, the maze. I hope I get to see all of St. Louis someday. Thanks, Georgy.

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  5. Marie-AZ November 22, 2015 at 10:43 am
    Such a beautiful old building! And I love the spaces and art! As I get older I look more and more for benches…benches in the shade. Or even inside stores. I have to sit a lot. It’s so nice when such things are provided in beautiful areas.

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