The Saint Louis Area
The Wainwright Building is a historic building which holds many keys to its history, present, and future. When the Wainwright building was constructed in 1890, Saint Louis was a less developed city, without concrete roads and a huge skyline; The Wainwright Building was the tallest one in the land. Today, the concrete roads and large skyline are abundant. There are tons of tall office buildings which squeeze its blocks to maximum capacity. With a crowded grid and growing skyline, these make the Wainwright Building seem insignificant, but it still is a huge part of the city. Railroads are not the most useful or efficient source of transportation, which made Saint Louis’s reputation deteriorate. Also, the river’s use of transportation and trade falling apart, it became less important. Highways and air traveling is the most efficient, and comfortable form to transport yourself, your family, or your possessions, which means Atlanta, Chicago, or Los Angeles is thriving. With a growing city, and area around the Wainwright Building, there are many people who choose to join Saint Louis. Saint Louis is a city with important role in US. History and very well known.
80 Years Ago
80 years ago, Saint Louis was a bustling transportation metropolis where there was lots of culture and goods being exchanged and introduced into Saint Louis’s culture. There was tons of trade of culture and food on the river due to its appealing style of travel and many railroads met in Saint Louis. For these two reasons, this attracted a strong diverse culture and a densely populated city. Saint Louis was located in a prime location between two rivers, many railroads, and farthest west city, a transportation hub and checkpoint, making it a highly attracting area for throngs of people to join. Over the years, as the demand for train useage deteriorated, and cars on highways expanded, Saint Louis began to slid off the map, the river was being used more and more for only its water, not transportation or commerce. All of this seemed to make Saint Louis lose its importance and position as a major city in the west. But it still existed, but not as drastically. Also, Saint Louis lost its title as the farthest west city when there were settlements being settled in the farther west.
Since Saint Louis was such a highly populated city, many cultures were developed and have remained over the last 80 years. With lots of trade on the river and railroads coming from other places, different people, cultures, and ideas were introduced to the society. There are many people, Black, White, Indian, Asian, or even European, all with different perspectives of life, and different lifestyles. Many industries and small businesses were created, these made a rapidly growing economy and a society moving along. One of the best industries, created in STL, recently bought, Anheuser Busch Brewery is still around today, which proves this point that STL is still important. Based on our understanding of Saint Louis, we know that there are many elements that we need to include on our model. In our model, we are sure we are going to use terra cotta and brick because they are both common materials of Saint Louis. Another material we will use in our building is glass because it lets in green light and lessens the amount of electricity use. We also will have a “U” shaped building because the rooms inside our building will get more natural light and it would lessen the amount of electricity needed making our building green. These are a few examples of features we will add to our building.