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Title 1: Downtown St. Louis, Second Edition
Author: NiNi Harris
Downtown St. Louis is a national treasure boasting an instantly recognizable skyline, framed by one of the world s great monuments the Gateway Arch. The landscape of this remarkable downtown is punctuated by Louis Sullivan designed skyscrapers, a train station that was modeled after a walled Medieval city, a street lined with warehouses decorated like wedding cakes, cobblestone streets, the delightful sculptures of Aloe Plaza, and the marble checkerboard paving of Kiener Plaza. This architectural setting has been the stage for great movements in American history the migration west, paddle-wheelers plying the Mississippi, the Union Army s victories in the Western Theatre of the Civil War, and the waves of immigrants who worked their way toward citizenship in downtown St. Louis. In this second edition of Downtown St. Louis, author and native St. Louisan NiNi Harris uses the voices of famous visitors and everyday St. Louisans to follow the story of downtown from the days when French settlers grazed their cattle and horses on land that now grows skyscrapers to the celebration in the streets when word spread that the Japanese had surrendered, ending World War II.
Title 2: Oldest St. Louis
Author: NiNi Harris
From iconic buildings like the Old Cathedral to the Polish butcher shop in North City, Oldest St. Louis explores the history of St. Louis through the history of the city's oldest institutions, streets, and businesses. From the oldest library book, to the oldest museum, Oldest St. Louis traces the history of the city's rich cultural life. From the oldest Italian bar to the oldest bowling alley, the book recalls St. Louis's ethnic traditions. In following the stories of the oldest businesses and institutions, the book becomes a sensory tour of St. Louis featuring the crunchy oatmeal cookies made in the Dutchtown neighborhood the same way for 82 years, the fragrance in the 138 year old Greenhouse in mid-winter and the beauty of St. Louis's 184 year-old Lafayette Park. Oldest St. Louis is also a nostalgic look at recent history from the space-age design of South County Mall, to a cherry Coke made with a secret recipe since the Chuck-A-Burger drive-in restaurant opened in St. Ann in 1957.
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