In the late 1860s, philanthropist Henry Shaw focused on creating the first large park in St. Louis. His vision was a Victorian showplace full of verdant trees, shading pavilions, and music and cultural amenities. He wanted Tower Grove Park to be used for the enjoyment of all classes in the city. 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.
In Tower Grove Park: Common Ground and Grateful Shade Since 1872, author Amanda E. Doyle captures an illustrated history of the park with photographs, descriptions, and stories that have never been seen or heard before.