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Following Millie, Charlie, and Chuck back to the arch
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A shot of SLU (St. Louis University) along the way
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A reflection of the Old Courthouse
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These signs actually did help as when you get really close to the arch it's tough to tell where the main entry/parking area is
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A model of the arch
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Another model...complete with little people!
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The little doors leading to the little pods that will take us to the top of the arch! Saarinen had asked several elevator firms for a design of a tram/elevator to take people up instead of the 1000+ stairs, but they had no solutio. So he hired college dropout and parking-lot elevator designer Richard Bowser. The city was uncertain of his qualifications and so gave him only two weeks to complete the design which he did successfully. The tram rotates 5 degrees periodically to keep a reasonable orientation.
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Charlie and Daniel in the tram
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A view of St. Louis from the top
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A view of East St. Louis
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Daniel overlooking the Mississippi River
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The helicopter was even smaller from way up at the top
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People hanging out at the top of the arch waiting for the next tram
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The path near the Old Courthouse is a nice mirror of the arch
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The tram cars looked very 1960s Disney futureland!
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A big man gets into a little tram
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Some nice building on the way back from the arch
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We also decided to take the time to stop by a fine Jesuit university, St. Louis University (SLU). Here is the interior of St. Francis Xavier Church at SLU during an evening Mass on Sunday.
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There are several nice arches around campus, here's one with a tile including the coat of arms of SLU
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And whereas I thought Creighton had the market on odd sculptures around campus, there were quite a few on SLUs campus, but of a wider variety (even some good ones) than those at Creighton
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Here's a statue of St. Ignatius - I like it better than the Creighton one that's a bit larger-than-life/Superman for me
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DeBourg Hall houses much of the administrative offices of the university
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This building across from Cook Hall (Business School) appears not to be a part of SLU, but is still pretty
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Cook Hall houses the John Cook School of Business (1,700 undergrad/postgraduate students)
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Another non-SLU building perhaps, but I swear this one said something about architecture on it...
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The more modern facade of the same Cook Hall
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Cupples House built in 1890 at a cost of $500k at the time. Later in 1946 it was purchased by the university for $50k. In 1977 it was added to the National Historic Register due in large part to decades of work by Rev. Maurice B. McNamee, S.J. The building was to be torn down once in 1964 while Fr. Reinert was president at SLU (also president of Creighton) but survived that plan as well as others.
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Some nice sculptures on the campus
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The mascot of SLU is the Billiken which appears to be based on the "Piriken or "Pilliken" of Osaka, Japan. Those who offer a coin to the Billiken (which has a box of money offerings in front) have their wish granted if they kiss his upturned feet and has an inscription "Biliken - the god of things as they ought to be"
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Where the rivers met Desmet began...true, but not sure if the native americans depicted here or modern ones would appreciate the attitude of the sculpture
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Campus spirit...
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Public Safety really should get nicer vehicles, maybe this is just to ferry students around at night or something
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This one is much nicer
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Banners are ok, but a bit boring looking
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The Edward A. Doisy Research Center is near completion and at $82 Million, 10 stories and a walkway to the Medical School it appears to be a major project to improve biomedical research at SLU. It has some really snazzy fountains too.
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Very pretty arches showing where the campus borders are (although green space is better than some Jesuit universities, it's still an urban campus
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Back to the land of broken hearts (Creve Coeur) to the hotel and then home!
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