Monday, August 11, 2014

The Downtown STL Cakes

So one Wednesday in July, the kids and I drove downtown to see how many of the 35+ STL 250 Birthday Cakes we could see.
I had a list of where the cakes were and we made it to ten.
Ultimately not as many as I would have liked, but truthfully still pretty good considering it was a very hot and humid day.
Plus, we made plans to meet my friend Kelly and her two boys and their cousin for lunch.
So here are the cakes as we found them in order. And Evan is actually in a few of these photos!
1. The Campbell House Museum - This is a house that was built in 1851 and has some interesting history. The house is also supposed to be "haunted". Evan's class went on a tour of the house when he was in fifth grade as part of their downtown architectural walking tour. So he wanted to get a photo with this cake. We liked it's brick design!

2. Downtown Central Library - Personally this is one of my favorite cakes. You can't go wrong with books!

3. The Peabody Opera House - Formerly known as Kiel Opera House, it sat around empty for years and years. Thankfully it was renovated and is open once again. The kids and I saw "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" here a few years back and really enjoyed it.
4. Soldier's Memorial - I didn't even know this one existed really. Evan was the one who actually noticed it and yelled "Mom, there's a cake!". I was actually trying to get to Christ Church Cathedral (which we never even made it to). So I stopped for him.
5. The Wainwright Building - was a must see on Evan's list! It is pretty significant as far as architecture goes here in St. Louis and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's mentor.

6. Kiener Plaza - was originally going to be part of what was known as the "Gateway Mall" similar to what you see in Washington DC. But the full plan unfortunately did not come to be. Still there is a nice stretch of green space that includes Kiener plaza and the City Garden that runs back a few blocks to the Civil Court building. And as you can see it has a great view of the Old Courthouse and Arch.

7. The Old Courthouse - Yay! I was able to get on this one. A very nice guard offered to take a photo of the three of us. :)

The next two aren't super exciting, but we passed them and decided to get photos.

8. The Drury Inn at the Arch
9. The Ballpark Hilton
10. Old Post Office - After meeting up with my friend Kelly, we were able to see one last cake that we passed as we were walking to lunch. For some reason Erin didn't want to be in the photo with all of the boys.
She wanted her own! :)

So ten cakes down in one day. Not too bad!
There were a few we were close to, but one way streets and traffic deterred us from stopping.
We've already seen the cakes at Scottrade center and Busch Stadium, too.
And I would love to go down to the Arch eventually.
Otherwise, I would say we saw enough downtown.

Also, just a reminder that the "Mixed Tape" challenge at Paper Issues 
is still going on! If you have any projects featuring washi or other tapes, music of any kind, mixing up products or brands or "mixing" in the kitchen, please link up *Here* for a chance to win a great prize from Hazel & Ruby!

Ok. So from this point until school starts on the 25th, I am thinking another blog break is in order.
We have a lot going on in the next two weeks and blogging is just not going to be a priority. And probably not scrapbooking either.
So see you after school begins!


  1. So cool that you all have been able to see so many of the cakes, Mary Jo! Enjoy the last of your summer with the kids! :)

  2. Loving all of these!!!! That book one is cool!!!!!!

  3. I say it every time, but I just LOVE all these cake posts!! :) I think this has been such a fun way to learn about the city, the history, and more! I am really looking forward to seeing how you will put them together in an album! :)

  4. I really enjoy seeing all the cakes....such fun posts. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Oh, all these cakes are so fun! Fabulous collection of photos and memories you will have from this summer! Good luck to the kids when they go back to school. Enjoy your break! I feel like I'm taking a break a lot these days. I'm just so busy. I post when I have time and don't worry about it when I don't. It's working out pretty well...but I do miss checking in with all my blogging friends daily. No time for that either. See you when you post again! :)

  6. Looks like this was a fun adventure!

  7. That is a lot of cakes in one day!! The girls start tomorrow, can't believe vacation is over!

  8. Fantastic day adventure! Great pictures

  9. I see a mini-book in the making! What a fun summertime quest!

  10. WTG! 10 in one day!!
    Love all of the variety of cakes!
    IKWYM its starts here on the 25th too.
    Bummed Summer is almost over!

  11. Wow 250 cakes, now that's a lot of cakes to visit. Glad to see you made it to 10, do you plan on doing all 250?

    1. I don't think we can, Leslie! So far we have done between 25 and 30 which is a lot actually.
      But some are over in Illinois or as far as an hour away. My goal is to reach at least 50 :)

  12. Oh my gosh, what a fun thing to do!!! Great photos, you'll have to do a mini!!!! :) Evie

  13. This looks like such a fun day…I love those cakes.
    I agree my favourite one is at the library, but I do love the photo that you are in :)

  14. Looks like such a fun outing! We have something similar here, called Benches on Parade. The city even published a book about all of the benches. Some of them done by local artists, college students, high school art students, businesses, etc.

  15. I am impressed you made all of these spots in one day! Wow! Loves taking the tour with you and your family!