Forest Park: The Jewel Box – St Louis MO


“This structure houses rare and beautiful plants, trees, and flowers, and is an important unit of the general park improvement program for St. Louis.

The steel frame of the building supports structural glass panels on its vertical surfaces which are reasonably hailproof, and the horizontal roofs are metal covered. Great care was taken with the lighting, which was carefully studied with a model of the building before installation. The interest of the public in the displays is so great that more than 1,000,000 people have visited the ‘jewel box’ since its opening. It was completed in May 1937 at a construction cost of $122,851 and a project cost of $129,756.”
(Short and Brown)

“The Jewel Box (also known as the St. Louis Floral Conservatory and the City of St. Louis Floral Display House) 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 (NRHP).[1]

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.”

Project Details

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Source notes

C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939).,_Missouri%29

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Location Info

The Jewel Box
St Louis, MO 63110

Coordinates: 38.635311, -90.280264

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