6 Greenview Drive, Defiance, MO – Luxurious yet rustic, private yet accessible!
5BR/4+1BA Single Family House
Offered at $549,900

The custom designed and highly unique Greenview home has been listed for sale in Defiance MO, a suburb
of St Louis MO. The private 3 acre lot backs to a lake and is accessible to all amenities within 20 minutes.
Luxurious yet rustic, private yet accessible, this exceptional custom home is nestled within 3 wooded acres
that overlook a private lake.

20 mins from all amenities like a Wal-mart Super Center, Lowe’s, theatre, high end retail, wineries and a
brand new hospital. Less than 60 mins from Dwntwn St. Louis.

You’ll enjoy the soothing environment starting with the magnificant great room with it’s soaring ceiling,
wood finishes and flooring, and floor to ceiling brick FP. The mastr suite offers a den off the entry, coffered
ceiling, walk-in closet, scenic windows, wood burning FP, and a bath suite w/jacuzzi tub, oversized shower
w/seating, a double vanity and skylites. The kitchen features a sunrm, breakfast rm, upgraded cabs and
countertops, ceramic flooring, a warm view, and easy access to the deck and covered porch. Finished LL
features over 2,300 sq ft, a 3rd FP, work out room, craft area, bathrm and gaming area.
Entertainment system was built by the famous Bob Heil and the owners are offering a home warranty with
the purchase.

http:// www.teamsteele.com/6greenviewdrive

Luxurious yet rustic, private yet accessible, this exceptional custom home is nestled within 3 wooded acres that overlook a private lake. 20 mins from all amenities like a Wal-mart Super Center, Lowe’s, theatre, high end retail, wineries and a brand new hospital. Less than 60 mins from Dwntwn St. Louis. You’ll enjoy the soothing environment starting with the magnificant great room with it’s soaring ceiling, wood finishes and flooring, and floor to ceiling brick FP. The mastr suite offers a den off the entry, coffered ceiling, walk-in closet, scenic windows, wood burning FP, and a bath suite w/jacuzzi tub, oversized shower w/seating, a double vanity and skylites. The kitchen features a sunrm, breakfast rm, upgraded cabs and countertops, ceramic flooring, a warm view, and easy access to the deck and covered porch. Finished LL features over 2,300 sq ft, a 3rd FP, work out room, craft area, bathrm and gaming area. Entertainment system was built by the famous Bob Heil! Home warranty.

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Posted by: stlouisscott | April 21, 2010

City Museum – St Louis MO

In 1993 artist Bob Cassilly and then-wife Gail Cassilly bought a vacant shoe factory and warehouse and a few years later began construction on what has become one of the St louis Mo metro area’s most curious and fun family attractions, the City Museum. The museum opened to the public on October 25, 1997. Bob Cassilly remains the museum’s artistic director.

Since opening, the museum has consistently added new exhibits such as the World Aquarium, the Shoelace Factory, MonstroCity, the Enchanted Caves, the Shoe Shaft, Toddler Town, Art City, Circus Harmony and recently even residential lofts. The museum has even hosted celebrity events such as visits by Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers and has hosted concerts and private events.

The first floor opened in 1997 and is home to a life-size Bowhead Whale, where guests can walk through and view a large fish tank and the always popular “Puking Pig.” Tunnels run across the ceiling, through a sea of fiberglass that give the impression of icicles. The floor is covered in mosaics, and lead the way to a tunnel known as the “Underground Whaleway” which runs beneath the floor and into the “Original Caves.”

The Mezzanine contains the Museum’s food court.

From the second floor you can connect to MonstroCity and the Enchanted Caves through the Vault Room which was named after the giant vault that Cassilly installed there, originally built in the mid-1800s. In St. George’s Chamber you will find a collection of Vintage Opera Posters and a giant statue of St. George from Saint George’s Catholic Church in Chicago. In The Shoelace Factory you will find a collection of vintage shoelace machines from the 1890s and if you have some time you can request a design of their own shoelace, the kids LOVE it! Next you will find, as an extension of the St Louis MO Children’s Aquarium, a huge aquarium that includes a shark tank with a glass tunnel that you can crawl through and a sting ray petting and feeding area.

One of the coolest attractions is the Enchanted Caves and Shoe Shafts that run through the center of the Museum all the way to the 10th floor. In the Enchanted Caves you find an extensive array of caves with different creature around every turn. The Shoe Shafts area a left over from the former shoe factory where to move shoes from floor to floor, they would place shoes on a three story spiral shafts that would lead down to the loading dock. Originally there was only one three story slide, but in 2008 a second TEN story slide was installed. Believe me, this is a blast even for the parents!

On the 3rd Floor you’ll find a number of attractions like the Skateless Park, a collection of skateboard ramps without the skateboards which is fun just to slide around, the Everyday Circus, a circus school that performs daily at the museum, Art City where you can try a number of different art techniques, and another favorite for the kids is Toddler Town, an area dedicated to those 6 and under. On this floor you’ll also find some fun things like the World’s Largest Underwear, some vintage video/pinball games, and you can also get a beer and Corndog here. Kids 48″ and under can ride around on a scaled down train.

Outside the museum is a ton of fun. MonstroCity features two Saber 40 aircraft fuselages suspended high in the air, a fire engine, a castle turret, a 25-foot cupola, four-foot-wide Slinkies that can be crawled through, and a ball pit for adults filled with large, rubber dodge balls. The Cabin Inn is an early-19th-century log cabin located beneath MonstroCity. Originally the home of the son of Daniel Boone, it is now a bar and entertainment venue. On the roof you’ll find a school bus hanging over the edge, Big Eli a restored four-story Ferris wheel, a massive rope swing, and a huge preying mantis.

For visiting hours and pricing information visit here.

Posted by: stlouisscott | April 12, 2010

St Louis Arch – Gateway to the West

The Gateway Arch, also known as the Gateway to the West, is an integral part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the iconic image of St. Louis, Missouri.  It was designed byFinnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947.  It stands 630 feet (192 m) tall, and is 630 feet (192 m) wide at its base, making it the tallest monument in the world.  Construction of the arch started on February 12, 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965.  The monument opened to the public on July 10, 1967.

The cross-sections of its legs are equilateral triangles, narrowing from 54 feet (16 m) per side at the base to 17 feet (5.2 m) at the top. Each wall consists of a stainless steel skin covering a sandwich of two carbon steel walls with reinforced concrete in the middle from ground level to 300 feet (91 m), with carbon steel and rebar from 300 feet (91 m) to the peak.  The interior of the Arch is hollow and contains a unique transport system leading to an observation deck at the top. The interior of the Arch also contains two emergency stairwells of 1076 steps each, in the event of a need to evacuate the Arch or if a problem develops with the tram system.

The base of each leg at ground level had an engineering tolerance of one sixty-fourth of an inch (0.40 mm) or the two legs would not meet at the top.

During construction, both legs were built up simultaneously. When the time came to connect both legs together at the apex, thermal expansion of the sunward facing south leg prevented it from aligning precisely with the north leg. This alignment problem was solved when the St. Louis Fire Department sprayed the south leg with water from firehoses until it had cooled to the point where it aligned with the north leg.

From the visitor center one may move to either base (one on the north end and the other on the south end) of the Arch and enter the tramway much as one would enter an ordinary elevator, through narrow double doors. The north queue area includes displays which interpret the design and construction of the Gateway Arch; the south queue area includes displays about the St. Louis riverfront during the mid-19th century.

Passing through the doors, passengers in groups of five enter an egg-shaped compartment containing five seats and a flat floor. Because of the car shape, the compartments have sloped ceilings low enough to force taller riders to lean forward while seated (for this reason it’s recommended that the tallest of the five passengers in the car sit in the center seat facing the door). Eight compartments are linked to form a train, meaning that both trains have a capacity of 40, and that 80 people can be transported at one time. These compartments individually retain an appropriate level by periodically rotating every 5 degrees, which allows them to maintain the correct orientation while the entire train follows curved tracks up one leg of the arch. The trip to the top of the Arch takes four minutes, and the trip down takes three minutes. The car doors have narrow windows, allowing passengers to see the interior stairways and structure of the Arch during the trip.

Near the top of the arch, the rider exits the compartment and climbs a slight grade to enter the arched observation area. Thirty-two small windows (16 per side) measuring 7 by 27 inches (180 mm × 690 mm) allow views across the Mississippi River and southern Illinois with its prominent Mississippian culturemounds to the east at Cahokia Mounds, and the City of Saint Louis and St. Louis County to the west beyond the city. On a clear day, one can see up to thirty miles (48 km).

A time capsule containing the signatures of 762,000 St. Louis area students was welded into the keystone before the final piece was set in place.

Eleven light aircraft have been successfully flown beneath the arch, the first on June 22, 1966 when the arch had been completed for less than a year.

In 1980, Kenneth Swyers tried to parachute onto the Gateway Arch, planning to jump off to land on the ground. Instead, he slid all the way down one leg to his death. The pilot, Richard Skurat, had his pilot certificate suspended for 90 days.

In 1984, David Adcock of Houston, Texas, began to scale the arch by means of suction cups on his hands and feet, but he was talked out of continuing after having climbed only 20 feet (6.1 m). The next day he successfully scaled the nearby 21-story Equitable Building in downtown St. Louis.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

On September 14, 1992, it was rumored that John C. Vincent of New Orleans successfully scaled the outside of the Arch with suction cups during the night, and performed a BASE jump from the top with a parachute at 7 a.m. No evidence surfaced to support his claim, and it was speculated by Park Rangers that Vincent was lowered from a helicopter onto the top of the Arch, from which he parachuted. He was jailed three months for the stunt.

On July 21, 2007, approximately 200 people were trapped in the trams or at the top of the Arch after an electrical problem occurred with the tram system. All were returned to the ground either by being taken down stairs to a service elevator, or by waiting for power to be restored. A second electrical problem caused one tram to be taken out of service the following day.

Here’s a link to the official website of the Gateway Arch – http://www.gatewayarch.com/Arch/

Posted by: stlouisscott | April 9, 2010

Busch Stadium – Baseball heaven in St Louis

Here in St Louis we are blessed to have one of the great sports franchises in the St Louis Cardinals.  In 2006 the Cardinals completed construction on their new home Busch Stadium… or as we like to call it, baseball heaven in St Louis.

Busch Stadium is actually the third stadium to carry the name Busch.  The first stadium was Sportsman’s Park, but was renamed to Busch Stadium after Cardinals team owner, Gussie Busch.  It closed in 1966 and Busch Memorial Stadium was built to house both the baseball Cardinals as well as the National Football League St. Louis Cardinals.  That didn’t work out real well as most football fans know.

The “new” Busch Stadium was opened in April 2006 after a long battle to see it built.  The Cardinals owners started lobbying for a new ballpark in downtown St. Louis in 1995, but funding was inaccessible for several years.  An agreement was reached in 2001 with the State of Missouri, but nearly a year later the funding bill was struck down.  Team owners sought locations away from the downtown area, until the city of St. Louis came up with a financing plan to get the ballpark built in downtown.  Private bonds, bank loans, funding from St. Louis County as well as team owner investments totaling $346 million finally came together and the dream of a new stadium was realized.

The new Busch Stadium was designed by HOK Sport and constructed by Hunt Construction in three major phases:  first was construction of the south side of the new stadium, followed by demolition of the old Busch Memorial Stadium in the winter of 2005, and lastly the construction of the north side of the stadium.  The field and terrace level seats and bleachers were completed in time for opening day with a capacity of over 37,000.  By late May, the seating area construction was completed including party rooms and suites, increasing total stadium capacity to over 46,000.

The new stadium has an open-air design with a panoramic view of the downtown St. Louis skyline, including the Gateway Arch.  The traditional green fences and red seats remain part of the design from the old stadium.  While a new electronic scoreboard is used, the old scoreboard is on display as a monument to the old stadium as well.  Additional homage to the old stadium holds true in the statues of previous Cardinal players appear outside the entrances, including Stan “The Man” Musial.

In the 2006 season, every game was sold out, resulting in 3.4 million attendance for the season, which was the second largest season in team history.  In October 2006, Busch Stadium hosted its first playoff games with the Cardinals defeating the San Diego Padres with three games to one in the series.  The Cardinals went on to win the 2006 National League Championship in seven games.  Busch Stadium hosted its first World Series games against the Detroit Tigers with the Cardinals winning all three games on their home turf, and went on to win their 10th World Series Championship with a win of four games to one.

New Busch Stadium was designed by Populous (then known as HOK Sport) and built by Hunt Construction with an estimated cost of $344.8 million, which proved too low by $20.2 mil. to its final cost of $365 mil.  The field level (16,880 seats), terrace level (9,150), and bleachers (3,661) were completed in time for opening day, with total capacity on that day of 37,962, not including up to 2,751 standing room tickets.

Construction on the seating area was completed in late May increasing the capacity for the May 29, 2006 game vs the Houston Astros with finishing touches performed throughout the year.  Including all 2,886 standing-room-only tickets for the general public and the suites and party rooms, the stadium’s total capacity is 46,861.  Natural grass turf was installed in March 2006.

By virtue of the Cardinals winning the World Series in 2006, New Busch Stadium joined a very short list of ballparks whose occupants won the Series in the ballpark’s inaugural year.  The last previous one had been the original Yankee Stadium, in 1923.  The Cardinals are also the first team to win a World Series at home in the inaugural season of a stadium since the 1912 Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park).  In 2009, the New York Yankees again won a World Series title in their first season at a Yankee Stadium.

The stadium hosted the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 15, 2009.  The American League defeated the National League in that game, 4-3.  Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carl Crawford won MVP after making a spectacular catch to rob Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe of a home run.  President Barack Obama threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

On June 7, 2008, the stadium hosted its first-ever concert, with Dave Matthews Band playing to a crowd of approximately 35,000.

The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks will perform a concert on June 24, 2010

The Gate 3 entrance on the west side of the stadium is most iconic, with a large “bridge” resembling the Eads Bridge arching over the entrance.  Outside this entrance also stands a bronze statue of Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial.  Other Cardinals statues that previously surrounded Busch Memorial Stadium are now displayed at the corner of Clark and Eighth streets, outside the Cardinals’ team store.  The exterior contains historical plaques of Cardinals logos, the STL insignia and a Busch Stadium logo behind home plate.

The planned Ballpark Village residential and entertainment complex was to be built on the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium across the street from the new ballpark.  Plans have not materialized and the Cardinals in March 2009 decided to temporarily use the land for parking and a softball field.

You might guess that Budweiser holds the beer contract for the stadium as one would expect, but most recently the smaller Saint Louis Brewery has been making inroads, selling Schlafly beer in bottles at a growing number of concession stands.  Tickets for five all-inclusive areas are sold on a single game basis, with amenities running the gamut from the ritzy Champions Club (offering a multiple-course buffet, plasma televisions, a chance to get on television or radio as a broadcast booth is located inside the club, and a full bar) to the more family-oriented Scoreboard Patio (with table seating for four in center field and a more traditional selection of food).  Cardinal management also allows outside food and drink (including soft-sided drink coolers); as a result, it is not uncommon to see vendors selling discounted bags of peanuts and bottles of soda and water, or even scalpers including a box of Cracker Jack with tickets.

One of the more welcome developments in the new stadium is the expansion of the food options.  Of course the standard baseball staples are still around – hot dogs, brats, nachos, pretzels, soda and beer, but you’ll also find garlic fries, St. Louis seasoned fries, chili cheese fries, nachos supreme, stuffed cream cheese nachos, stuffed chicken nachos, margaritas, asian stir fry, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, turkey legs, grilled chicken sandwiches, cheeseburger sliders, pizza, toasted ravioli, tacos, super burritos, beef or chicken quesadillas, and beef brisket.

The St. Louis Cardinals are greening their operations, from recycling and waste reduction to energy efficiency and the use of recycled materials.

The Cardinals began the “4 A Greener Game Program” at Busch Stadium in the 2008 season in collaboration with StLouisGreen.com and its volunteers. What began as a two month pilot program grew into a volunteer program that spanned the entire 2009 baseball season and averaged 20 volunteers at each game.

Since its inception, the program has diverted over 540 tons of recycling and over 280 tons of yard waste from the stadium trash disposal and local landfills. The program’s success can be partially credited to 550 conveniently placed recycling bins around the stadium, making it easy for fans to recycle when they come to a baseball game. Success is also due in large part to volunteers who collect recyclables during games, and the maintenance staff who separate additional recyclables from the trash after a game.

Here’s a link to the official Busch Stadium webpage on the Cardinals website.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ballpark/index.jsp

Here’s a link to current pricing for a Cardinals game.  If you visit St Louis, a Cardinals game is a must do event.  Kid’s tickets start at $7.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ballpark/seating_pricing.jsp

Here’s a link to everything you’d ever want to know about Busch Stadium… and more.

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ballpark/ballpark_guide.jsp

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