Following the success of his Missouri Botanical Garden, English transplant and enthusiastic philanthropist Henry Shaw turned his attention in the late 1860s to creating the first large park in St. Louis, a Victorian showplace full of verdant trees, shading pavilions, and music and cultural amenities. Above all, Tower Grove Park was "not created for the benefit of any particular class, but for the enjoyment of all classes – for the use of the city population in the aggregate." Such a tranquil oasis served to uplift, refine, and refresh human beings whose lives were becoming increasingly mechanized, crowded, and complicated...and 150 years after its founding, Tower Grove Park continues to fill that role in the lives of St. Louisans and the rest of the region.
Join author Amanda E. Doyle for a lively look at her latest book, Tower Grove Park: Common Ground and Grateful Shade Since 1872 exploring the history, architecture, botany, biodiversity, and human story of the park, as well as a deep dive into how its creation provided the fulfillment of Henry Shaw's legacy, begun with his work at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This stunning Victorian landmark proves more relevant now than ever, a necessity for the health, hope, and well-being of St. Louis.
Amanda E. Doyle is a writer and curious citizen whose past books include 100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die, Standing Up for Civil Rights in St. Louis, and St. Louis Sound, An Illustrated Timeline. She has lived with her family three blocks south of Tower Grove Park since the late '90s, and has climbed trees, caught crawdads, and bought Japanese turnips there.
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