City Museum: transformation of a former shoe factory into an urban museum


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City Museum is the result of the transformation of a former shoe factory into an extroverted urban museum by reusing all kinds of objects found in the city. Over the years, the place has become an element of identity and an attraction that favours the development of the neighbourhood in which it is situated.

“City Museum is a museum, consisting largely of repurposed architectural and industrial objects, housed in the former International Shoe building in the Washington Avenue Loft District of St. Louis, Missouri, United States.”

“[Bob] Cassilly and his longtime crew of 20 artisans have constructed the museum from the very stuff of the city; and, as a result, it has urban roots deeper than any other institutions’. Reaching no farther than municipal borders for its reclaimed building materials, City Museum boasts features such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes.”


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“Popular among residents and tourists, the museum bills itself as an ‘eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel’. Visitors are encouraged to touch, climb on, and play in the various exhibits.”

“The City Museum has been named one of the ‘great public spaces’ by the Project for Public Spaces, and has won other local and international awards as a must-see destination.”

“Opened in 1997, the museum attracted more than 700,000 visitors in 2010.”

“Partner Tim Tucker used the City Museum as a neighbourhood anchor to help develop several nearby commercial and residential buildings.”


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© Christopher Jobson


© Christopher Jobson


© Christopher Jobson


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