Gaslight Square Illuminated [ePub]

by Rich Fuegner

Built around the theme of the famed Riverboat and Gaslight era at the turn of the 19th century, Gaslight Square was the name given to the bohemian nightlife entertainment district in St. Louis that flourished from 1953 to 1972.Known for the gaslights and ornate Victorian style architecture that comprised a two block square stretch surrounding Boyle and Olive Steers in the Central West End, the Square consisted of a world-wide assortment of brilliantly designed spots.There were art galleries, theatre productions, antique stores, night clubs, stand-up comics, bistros, coffee houses, restaurants with international cuisine and more.Performers were as varied as Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, the Smothers Brothers and a young comic named Woody Allen played there.In Gaslight Square Illuminated, authors Dave Roth and Rich Fuegner describe the singular factors that led its rise, its bright heyday, and its rapid decline.Included are dozens of historic and never-before-published photographs and mementos.



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