Sunday, March 14, 2010

Eclectic................



   Thinking about the term 'eclectic charm' leads me to make a mental list of the architectural gems, salvaged from various structures in St. Louis, that have ended up here over the years to enhance our property.  
   The craftsmanship of times-gone-by, and the loss thereof, is something to lament.  Luckily, Jim has had an ear to the ground when it comes to finding these gems and an eye for how to incorporate them into The Lalumondiere.  
                  
  Old St.Louis curb stone used here as
bridging over a fish pond.













 Patio fencing from wrought iron removed from the McKinnley Bridge, St. Louis, MO. 

Mid 1800's cabinet system from a demolished home in St. Louis

  Stable doors from The Lemp Estate off Kennerly Road in St. Louis.



Railing removed from the House of Good Shepherd (c. 1850) at 11th St. & Chestnut in St. Louis.



  




















Granite fireplace salvaged from home on Litzinger Rd. in St. Louis.


There is literally tons and tons of stonework around the grounds of The Lalumondiere, all salvaged from various buildings in the City of St. Louis.


When Jim arrives home from a trip to the city you can be sure that his trailer will be loaded with some recent find from a wreck site where yet another St. Louis building has reached its demise.  In 1999 the Riverfront Times ran an article by Thomas Crone in his Hit Parade column titled "Stone by Stone, Brick by Brick".  Beginning in the 5th paragraph down he refers to 'The Salvager', a name he dubbed Jim with when Jim declined to give his real name.   If you need a bit of light reading the article will give you an insight into the penchant for recycling that is so evident at The Lalumondiere









We can be contacted at 314.707.2725 (Jeannie) 
for further information about rental of this truly unique location.
 Let us help create your own special occasion here along Big River at
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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Seventeen Days & Counting...



March 20th, 2010 is greatly anticipated here at the mill.  In St. Louis that could be a rainy, cold day but regardless, it will be officially Spring!  We've been in contact with our nurseryman John from Mansfield Nursery in St. Peters, Mo. and plans are being made for the selection of shrubs and flowers to dress up The Lalumondiere for the coming three seasons.  
It will also be the time to move the tropicals to the outdoors and sunshine.  They will be just as relieved as we are to see the end of winter and the return of light.  Thinking of the scents of jasmine, honey suckle, viburnum and gardenia floating through the air gives me joy.  






















And we can't forget the faithful goldfish who
have been swimming in their wintry ponds all these months.  I truly don't understand how they do it but by the end of this month they will be active and a pleasure to watch!











We can be contacted at 314.707.2725 (Jeannie) 
for further information about rental of this truly unique location.
 Let us help create your own special occasion here along Big River at
 "the Lalumondiere Mill & Rivergardens"  

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