St. Louis Architecture


Look inside

Read Except [PDF]




St. Louis is one of the most architecturally impressive cities in the United States with a heritage of innovative design stretching back to the early 1800s. More than just about any city in America, St. Louis embraced the imposing forms and lush ornamentation of the Classical tradition. American City: St. Louis Architecture – the first new large-format book on the city’s architecture since the 1920s – documents 50 of the city’s most important structures by such legendary designers as Henry Hobson Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Eero Saarinen and Tadao Ando.

St. Louis Architecture cover

“A beautiful book that captures the extraordinary richness and variety of the architecture of this gracious old Midwestern city. Many of the greatest names in American architecture – Louis Sullivan Henry Richardson, Cass Gilbert – are represented here. The buildings – as captured by William Zbaren’s lush photographs – are remarkable while Robert Sharoff’s insightful commentary is both fascinating and ultimately very moving in its celebration of Classic American design.” – Richard H. Driehaus, founder, Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture

“I hope this striking book will inspire everyone working to renew and restore the architectural treasures that make St. Louis such a vibrant, dynamic city.” – Stephanie Meeks, president, National Trust for Historic Preservation


“I love St. Louis and I love this book! It shows off what makes St. Louis one of the most beautiful cities in the world.” – St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay


“The American City series is an ambitious – and long overdue – attempt to chronicle some of the greatest architecture this country has produced. The historic buildings of St. Louis – beautifully photographed and researched by the authors – are a revelation and a pleasure to behold.” – John Vinci, architect and co-author of The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan