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Edison Brothers Building, Trompe L'Oeil Mural, 400 Fourteenth Street, Saint Louis, St. Louis City County, MO



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Trompe L'oeil Mural, West Elevation


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Location
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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MO-1837
Building/structure dates: 1984 initial construction
Significance: All themes shown in the mural depict some aspect of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The south elevation of the building features the image of King Louis IX, based on the statue now located in front of the St. Louis Art Museum. Richard Haas, a New York City artist, designed the mural. The late 1970s and early 1980s witnessed a brief trend of architectural mural painting. Critics hailed such building decorations as an antidote to the problems modern architecture had brought to cities. According to the general opinion at that time, modern buildings had become dull and predictable, unlike the whimsical character of Haas's murals. Among other projects, Haas designed a mural for the back wall of the Boston Architectural Center which received much praise. However, the attention seems to have been short-lived: after about 1980, printed sources gave less attention to Haas. The mural in St. Louis covers three sides of the building. The fourth side of the building is more or less obscured by surrounding structures. The Edison Brothers Shoe Company photographed the building extensively before, during, and after the execution of the work.

Subjects
Murals


Related Names
Haas, Richard


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. TROMPE L'OEIL MURAL, WEST ELEVATION


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