Brick by Chance and Fortune chronicles St. Louis’s rich history as both a producer and a user of a building material that’s as lovely as it is sturdy.
St. Louis is a city with a rich heritage of brick architecture, home to some of the largest and most innovative clay working companies of the nineteenth century. You can still see some of the finest examples of brick work ever produced all over the city and region. Today the city’s brick heritage is under threat by neglect, brick theft, and urban renewal.
Hear from local historians, city residents, architects, artisans, and aldermen how St. Louis became one of the country’s premiere sources of bricks and bricklayers, how brick thieves now threaten the health of some brick-rich neighborhoods, and what efforts are under way to preserve them.
After the movie, stick around for a discussion with filmmaker Bill Streeter.
When: Thursday, January 17 2013 at 7:00 pm
Where: Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum
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