The Jewel Box of St. Louis

The Jewel Box, located inside Forest Park of St. Louis, Missouri is an iconic greenhouse with beautiful scenery and one of the most sought after wedding venues in the area. The famous Art Deco building was built in 1936 and received a major makeover in 2002 after years of neglect. It stands an impressive 50 feet tall in the center and is composed of 4,000 panes of glass set in copper. The inside of the beautiful greenhouse is bright and green year round with tall walls of greenery that make good backdrops for portraits. The current admission price is a the steep price of one dollar for adults. Well worth it at least once, but check the website, the building is only open to the general public during certain hours, as it is now mainly used as a rental building. If you don’t happen to visit the area during those hours, there is no need to fret. The surrounding gardens are also a must see.

In front of the Jewel Box is a set of reflection pools with Water Lily’s, statues, a large variety of garden flowers, and numerous park benches designs to catch the best views. Follow the paved and tree-lined sidewalks to an impressive water fountain, more manicured gardens, and a Korean War Memorial. After feasting your eyes on the manicured gardens step off the paved trail to remains of the Vandeventer Gate, one of the hallmarks to what was once a thriving and exclusive neighborhood for wealthy residents of St. Louis. ¬†One of the greatest things about Forest Park is that you never run out of things to find and explore.

 

 

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