Sunday, April 19, 2009

Will we Learn From Las Vegas? - STL Style Documents a St. Louis Modern Gem in Danger

The recently dismantled LaConcha from

Just returned from Las Vegas and found that the city where Modern style flourished in the 50's & 60's has almost none left.  Just last year the lobby of the LaConcha Motel one of the last vestiges of Modernism on the Strip was dismantled and moved away to a place known as the Neon Boneyard, where it will eventually become the entrance and lobby for a museum devoted to neon of the now lost Modern era.  Vegas' cool style has been largely replaced by Disneyesque themed fakery attempting to give the impression of being in Paris, Venice, Rome, and even New York City.

Here in St. Louis though on Lindell Boulevard mixed among buildings from earlier eras we have a great collection of Modern style from the 50's & 60's.  Recently the Vines brothers of STL Style and Jon Swengle produced a great 8 minute documentary about the endangered San Luis at Lindell & Taylor entitled San Luis: This Was The Future.  Now the future is up to us.  Will we learn from the mistakes of Las Vegas or will we join Sin City and obliterate our links to the Modern era?

1 comment:

howardpark said...

test -- GREAT video worthy of the Midtown Holiday Inn, the name I knew the building as.