Architecture in Missouri

System - Thursday, August 24, 2017

Most of us care about how our home looks; it's where we spend most of our time, besides work. But when moving to a new area, it also helps to know about its general architecture, as well as notable architectural landmarks. As we here at Walker Rentals have plenty of experience with property management in Waynesville, MO and the surrounding areas, we thought we would go over some notable examples of architecture here in our home state of Missouri. If you are thinking about making a move to our wonderful state, these are just some of the buildings that you will get to enjoy.

Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is a commemoration by Eero Saarinen for the United States' westward expansion following the Louisiana Purchase. It is 630 feet tall, made of stainless steel, and has a flattened catenary arch that gives it a modern look, even though it was built well over 60 years ago. Located in St. Louis, this architecture marvel is a must see for architecture buffs around the world.

Kansas City Union Station

Are you a train buff? If so, you'll love this architectural marvel. Once the third largest train station in the United States, this Beaux-Arts Classic style station opened in 1914 with a total of 850,000 square feet and a whopping 900 rooms. It was constructed in a T shape, and actually stands over the train tracks running through it. While hundreds of thousands of people used to use it regularly, after WWII its use decreased, and it narrowly avoided demolition until a sales tax was instated to save it. Now it houses Science City, a planetarium, a 3-D theater, and an extensive museum.

The Bloch Building

Also known as the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, this great piece of architecture was overseen by architect Steven Holl. Holl detailed this work as a concept described as "the stone and the feather", wherein the main stone section of the building would be "the stone" and the Bloch Building addition (made with channel glass walls and illuminated from within) represents "the feather". The Bloch Building and original museum work in concert to improve the original building's circulation patterns.

The Abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Louis

Constructed in 1962, this monastic church was originally designed for Benedictine monks. The idea was conceived by Architect Gyo Obata before Vatican II, and embodies a clarity and simplification perfect for a place of worship. The structure of the building has remained mostly unchanged in all of its 54 years of existence. Make sure to add it to your list of sites to visit if you appreciate architectural ingenuity.


All the grand buildings are great to visit, but you likely won't see them every day like you do your home. Home architecture has little wonders all of its own, and here at Walker Rentals we do property management in Waynesville, MO and the surrounding areas. If you are looking to move into the area, give us a call to see what kind of properties are available. One of our friendly representatives will be happy to speak with you.