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Oct. 1-Jan. 16: Retrospective on Missouri's Architecture on View in Library
10/1/2018 1:00:00 AM
By: Sarah Haas, Director of College Communications

(PARK HILLS) -- On loan this fall from the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, “Blueprints for Democracy: Public Architecture in Missouri” will be on display at the C.H. Cozean Library on the Park Hills campus until mid-January. Viewing is free and the library is open:

• Now-Dec. 14: 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday (closing 4 p.m. Fridays); Closed Nov. 22-23 (Thanksgiving)
• Dec. 14-21, and Jan. 2-16 (intersession): 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday

When Missouri entered the Union on Aug. 10, 1821, the permanent capitol in “The City of Jefferson” was still years from completion and the state legislature needed a temporary place to meet. The city of St. Charles lured the legislature with the promise of free meeting space. For five years, government officials conducted the state’s business on the second floor of two adjoining buildings – one a general store and the other a carpentry shop.

Now, nearly 200 years later, the State of Missouri owns hundreds of buildings in dozens of cities and towns across the state. Hospitals, classrooms, office buildings, prisons, maintenance garages and more, all play an important role in state business. County and municipal buildings likewise, have become important parts of the built environment.

Blueprints for Democracy surveys the rich history of publicly funded architecture in Missouri. From Fort Osage, which was once the U.S. military’s most westerly outpost, to the Gateway Arch, which pushed the boundaries of design and engineering, many of the state’s most significant architectural achievements have been built with public funds. Because of this, these structures often reflect our attitudes about the public good and fiscal accountability. Just as often, however, public buildings express our common dreams and aspirations. Older buildings document the ideals of past generation and help us better understand our artistic and cultural heritage.

Always functional and often aesthetically pleasing, publicly funded buildings help tell the story of state and local history.

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