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Jewel Box, Saint Louis

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#14 of 29 in Parks in Saint Louis
The Jewel Box is a greenhouse located in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri. It now serves as a public horticultural facility and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places .
It was designed by architect William C. E. Becker and built in 1936 by the Robert Paulus Construction Company. It consists of five stepped, composition-covered wood roofs with clerestories, rather than a regular glass roof, in order to prevent damage from frequent hailstorms.
In 1913, Nelson Cunliff became Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for St. Louis City. Due to high levels of smoke and soot within the city, he began a survey to determine which plants could survive the conditions. He later asked John Moritz, who was in charge of the city's greenhouses, to set up a display greenhouse to showcase various plants which could survive. It is said that someone called the displays "like a jewel box", hence the name. In 1933, Bernard Dickmann became Mayor of St. Louis and decided to build a new facility. The building cost $125,000 and William C. E. Becker, then Chief Engineer of Bridges and Buildings for the city, was assigned to design the building. Construction began on December 12, 1935 and the facility opened on November 14, 1936.
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  • My nephew was married at this location this past May. Was just beautiful inside with the plants and flowers..... the pond in the front is soothing and relaxing, just a cool place to visit....  more »
  • We had the pleasure of hosting our wedding ceremony inside the venue & every guest arrived speechless. The scenery inside & out is gorgeous. The glass windows that the building is made of is absolutel...  more »
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  • Came to shoot some engagement photos for a family member and the place was beautiful. There is a fountain in the middle of the building in the floor that they had turned on and looked amazing. Gentleman working there was very kind and let us take photos without any issue.
  • Great place for weddings during the cooler months,but wouldn't recommend during the summer. It was warm inside in April.

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