This looks like a store that would have been fun to wander around in, what with the wallpaper and paints and whatever else they stocked. I was by there on a Sunday and assumed it was out of business. I mean – look at the place! Imagine my surprise when, just this very minute, when I was researching this post, that I found it online and discovered that it’s actually open six days a week (although just until noon on Saturday).
Obviously, I will need to go back to St. Louis on not a Sunday to check it out. I’ll let you know what I find…
St. Louis, Missouri
Inside the sanctuary, looking out through wavy glass.
After World War II, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury was relocated from London to the grounds of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It is now part of the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library.
For you famous-speech fans out there, Westminster College was the site of Churchill’s famous “iron curtain” speech in 1946.
And, for you pieces-of-the-Berlin-Wall fans, Churchill’s granddaughter Edwyna Sandy’s sculpture “Breakthrough” is on the grounds of the museum; the sculpture is constructed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall.
Say you are on a trip. In Missouri. With no real destination other than generally getting from St. Louis to Kansas City. And say you happen to notice on the map (because you are like that, preferring actual, paper maps over a GPS) a town called Frankenstein.
Of course you have to go!
And say, on your way through Frankenstein, you notice a big church (Our Lady, Help of Christians, as it turns out) with a playground and a graveyard beside it. You have to stop.
And, because you saw the town on the map and the church in the town, you also saw this: a caretaker’s hut, built of brick to match the church, with a white door held closed by a board.
It was a great trip.