Title: Tower Grove Park: Common Ground and Grateful Shade Since 1872
Author: Amanda E. Doyle
Size: 11 x 9
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.
Step into the past with this richly illustrated history of the park, including descriptions of the people and pavilions that created its
unique architectural identity; appreciations of its lush tree canopy and vast biodiversity in the heart of an urban setting; and stories of
the many individuals, groups, organizations, and events that have brought recreation and renewal within its acres. And follow along to the thoroughly modern uses and future plans that keep this park for all seasons more relevant now than ever, a necessity for the health, hope, and well-being of St. Louis.