05 July 2009
Recently, At the Reptile House
We spent a very rainy 4th of July morning at the St. Louis Zoo, scurrying from one covered spot to the next.
We took shelter in the Reptile House for a good deal of time that morning. Here's Matthew, making the exhibit come alive for the girls.
From where I was sitting, watching my family I had a nice view of the atrium.
As a work of architecture, I really like the Reptile House. It's one of the oldest buildings at the zoo. I wanted to find out more about it's history so I checked the zoo's website. Turns out that the Reptile House is exactly as old as #970. Both were built in 1927.
The zoo structures built during this period incorporated animal figures into the low-relief sculptures ornamenting the building's facade. Creepy, perhaps, but also didactic in a charming sort of way.