As we continued our journey through downtown St. Louis, it was only natural that the next stop on our cake hunting adventure was at one of the most unique and eye catching buildings of that area – St. Louis City Hall.
Not only is this building intriguing to look at (and take pictures of), but the history behind St. Louis City Hall is pretty interesting in its own right. In 1827 the city council members decided to stop having their meetings in barns and local homes and actually build a city hall. This building survived several decades and a fire(!) but was torn down in 1850.
A second building was constructed in 1851, but another fire came through in 1856, and this time the building was not lucky enough to escape the flames.
After a couple of decades of working out of an area close by that was nicknamed “The Barn,” in 1889 construction was begun on the building that we know today as City Hall. The building was modeled after the City Hall of Paris (which is probably where a lot of the neat architectural designs came from), and in 1892 the building was not complete but was habitable and the business of government was once again able to take place within its walls.
In 1904 the building was declared complete although there are still to this day some portions of the exterior that are not fully finished. Still looks incredible to this Cake Monster though!
The building itself really is magnificent, and I was thankful that cake hunting brought us to such an amazing place. Mercutio was pretty stoked too as at this point, as he probably thought that our cake hunting adventure was beginning to wind down for the day…but with several more cakes to go – some even a surprise to this Cake Monster – we were practically just getting started!