Downtown Lost and Found: An Architectural Adventure

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Can you see what you can't even see? After this walk around downtown, you might divine apparitions. From a lost artist colony to St. Louis Chinatown, from the city's only true panopticon to a Gotham skyscraper whose foundation was built before work stopped -- downtown hides its secrets well. Or maybe not. Architectural historian and curious fellow Michael R. Allen will help participants see both hidden and evident architectural stories. Wear good shoes and bring an open mind.

Materials to bring

Comfy shoes and an umbrella depending on if it is rainy.

Student Reviews

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    Ella H.
    Downtown Lost and Found: An Architectural Adventure

    Should be required for all downtown-dwellers! What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Very neat to learn the history of buildings. Looking forward to a part 2!

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    Tyler S.
    Downtown Lost and Found: An Architectural Adventure

    My first Dabble event and an overall very cool experience. Would definitely recommend to others interested in architecture or the urban landscape of Downtown STL!

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    Lori L.
    Downtown Lost and Found: An Architectural Adventure

    Really great idea for a class, beautiful day for it. Teacher was excellent. Would definitely do it again.

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Michael Allen

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Architectural historian Michael Allen founded Preservation Research Office in 2009. The Preservation Research Office synthesizes Allen’s professional expertise and practice in public architectural history, started in 2003 when he began writing the widely-read blog Ecology of Absence.Allen’s research has remained concerned with the impact of deindustrialization, population loss and postwar urban renewal projects on the preservation of historic urban landscapes. In recent years, Michael has lectured on architectural history and historic preservation at Washington University in St. Louis, New York University, St. Louis University and other institutions, while providing annually over 40 tours, workshops or talks for community groups and organizations across the St. Louis region. Allen is regular contributor to the NewsLetter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Missouri Valley Chapter, a regional journal of original research. Allen has contributed chapters to the volumes The Making of An All-America City: East St. Louis at 150 and Buildings of Missouri (projected publication 2014).

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