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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The End of Noah's Ark

Today I passed by the site of the Noah's Ark Restaurant in St. Charles, Missouri. The ersatz ark fell to wreckers on August 29. The restaurant had to be one of the most prominent and best-loved pieces of Googie architecture in the St. Louis region. The Biblical premise behind the off-the-interstate restaurant charmed and delighted as many as it baffled. Built in 1967 by an airline pilot with a dream, the ark once marked the outer limits of St. Louis suburbia. My one childhood trip from the east side to the ark seemed like a journey to the edge of the world that I knew as St. Louis. Nowadays, the site is east of the homes of hundreds of thousands who call themselves St. Louisans. In place of the whimsical restaurant and its attached hotel will come a pool and exercise center.

(Last year Toby Weiss posted her thoughts and photos of Noah's Ark here.)

1 comment:

Bill Streeter said...

Actually there are a lot better examples of Googie in St. Louis than that piece. The Science Center in particular comes to mind. And when it comes right down to it I suppose that an argument could be made that the Arch itself could be considered Googie.