St. Louis Art Museum Cass Gilbert's Palace of Fine Arts
The Saint Louis Art Museum's building was designed by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the World's Fair. Originally part of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Museum was the only building from the Fair designed to be a permanent structure, the "one material monument of the Exposition". It stands as a reminder of that defining event in the history of the city of St. Louis and the State of Missouri.
The building, which has been the home of the Saint Louis Art Museum since 1909, has undergone many changes during subsequent years. This digital resource provides an overview of the planning, construction, and utilization of the building as a museum; as well as plans for renovation, alteration, and building additions. A building chronology was compiled to assist with the selection and identification process. The time frame covers the period 1901 through 2004. From a collection of over 500 archival slides and 1450 archival photographs, approximately 700 items were selected to illustrate aspects of the history of the building. In addition to visual materials, some correspondence from the architect was selected as supplementary material relating to the building's design and construction.
The significant modifications to the building since the close of the Fair include the addition of an office wing and auditorium in the 1950s; renovation of the East Wing and Sculpture Hall in 1977; a new office wing, which replaced the old 1950s office space, built over the auditorium in 1979; and construction of an underground conservation wing and the renovation of the West Wing completed in 1987.
Rights and Reproductions
All digital images are copyright 2004-2005, Saint Louis Art Museum. All rights reserved. Photographers included in this project retain rights to their images. You may use digital images from the Saint Louis Art Museum's Richardson Memorial Library Archives collection for private study, scholarship, or research under Fair Use provisions of the United States Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code).
If you wish to publish or reproduce the materials in any form or use them for any commercial purpose including display or webpage use, you must obtain prior written approval from the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Saint Louis Art Museum reserves the right to refuse to accept a reproduction request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright laws. For more information, please contact Richardson Memorial Library of Saint Louis Art Museum at (314)655-5255 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org