Forest Park AmenitiesForest Park overview
Apotheosis of St. LouisThis cannot be reserved by permit.
Year Dedicated: 1906
Sculptor: Charles Niehaus
Description: This Statue of the Crusader King Louis IX of France, was for the emblem of the city, appearing on most official documents and the city flag, but now it shares its prominence with the Gateway Arch. The original plaster model of the statue stood at the main entrance gate of the 1904 fair, where the Jefferson Memorial is now located. This statue and the Jefferson Memorial were given to the City in 1906 as gifts in appreciation for the great success of the Fair.
Edward Bates StatueThis cannot be reserved by permit.
Description: This statue was dedicated in 1876 concurrently with the official dedication of Forest Park, and thus was the first statue to be installed in the park.Bates was a lawyer and rose to the position of Attorney General in President Lincoln's Cabinet from 1961-1964. He was also a prominent Missouri politician.
Year Dedicated: 1876
Sculptor: J. Wilson McDonald
Frank Blair StatueThis cannot be reserved by permit.
Description: (Location: Lindell & Kingshighway Entrance) The statue commemorates Blair's work as a United States Senator. As a General he seized the U.S. Arsenal at St. Louis and kept the City and a large part of Missouri from joining the Confederacy. The statue, in its prominent location, is said to have a place in Winston Churchill's Book "the Inside of the Cup." The statue was donated by the Blair Monument Association in May 1885.
Sculptor: Wellington W. Gardner
Year Dedicated: 1885
Joie De VivreThis cannot be reserved by permit.
Description: (Location:Near Steinberg Skating Rink)The statue was donated by Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg. The sculptor Jacques Lipchitz was born in Lithuania in 1891, studied art in Paris in 1909 and moved to the United States in 1941. The statue was executed in 1927, and seven casts of the figure have been made. The inspiration for the work resulted from a serious illness of his sister. He hoped that by creating a form possessing gaiety and vibrancy, he would be able to help her hold onto life.
Sculptor: Jacques Lipchitz
Year Dedicated: 1927
St. Francis of Assisi StatueThis cannot be reserved by permit.
Description: The statue donated by Mrs. Turner is a memorial to her husband, Harry Turner. Mr. Turner was one of the first automobile dealers in St. Louis, and also raced his cars at Fairground Park. He was the publisher and chief writer for a controversial magazine called, "Much Ado," which was in frequent disagreements with the Postal Authorities.
Sculptor: Carl Mose
Thomas Jefferson StatueThis cannot be reserved by permit.
Description: The Sculptor had the block of Italian marble weighing 45 tons shipped to the site, and placed on the pedestal where it was carved in total. The artist used a study of twelve paintings by William Curtis entitled the "True Thomas Jefferson" to arrive at a clear indication of the President's true personal appearance and character.
Sculptor: Karl Bitter
Year Dedicated: 1913