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EdLetter / EL Summer 2013

What do you love about St. Louis? If you ask a true St. Louisan, there’s a good chance you won’t get just one single answer. These days, it seems our fair city has so much more to offer by way of attractions, dining, shopping, and arts and entertainment that it sometimes is hard to keep up. And it’s a good thing, too, because if you enjoy exploring as much as I do, one of the most exhilarating feelings is finding something worth talking about right in your own backyard.

Take for instance, the Campbell House Museum, long considered one of the finest examples of the Victorian high life in America, is the most resplendent it has ever been since its ne plus ultra during the Gilded Age. Have you been lately? You should see it now, following a multi-million dollar renovation that included the painstaking restoration of the red velvet drapery in the Victorian parlor.

And what’s more St. Louis than images of the imposing Festival Hall at the 1904 World’s Fair, or the statue of our city’s namesake gallantly astride a horse in front of the spectacular Saint Louis Art Museum? You have the genius of Cass Gilbert to thank for that. In this edition, we tip our hat to one of America’s foremost ‘star-chitects.’

We also salute a Clayton artist whose name you won’t find on any pantheon just yet, but whose budding talent is a true find for us at Ladue News and for the cover of our Elegant Living Summer 2013 edition. Happy reading!