Cake 166— Nine Network (84 cakes left)


The Nine Network broadcasts channel 9, which is one of the most popular local channels. I have fond memories of watching Arthur on PBS, and the channel still broadcasts great shows. According to its website, Channel 9 has always relied on community support. Channel 9 first went live on September 20, 1954, so the station just had a birthday. PBS began in 1970, which is also the year it began expanding. It began 24-hour broadcasting in 1991. Today Channel 9 recognizes the power of public media, and it seeks to be a positive influence in the community.

Indy Bowers painted the cake at the Nine Network building. It features a beautiful rendition of the St. Louis skyline. The stars on the icing definitely complete the design on this detailed cake!

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Cake 165— TOKY & Midtown Alley (85 cakes left)


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Today’s cake is located in Midtown Alley in front of TOKY’s office. TOKY is a company that designs logos, including stl250’s awesome logo! Midtown Alley is located in Midtown, and it was originally known as Automobile Row because the 2.5 block strip was saturated with car distributors, dealerships, and service stations. If one wanted to buy a car between 1911 and 1955, Automobile Row was the place to go. The area has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005.

Artists from the Screwed Arts Collective painted the cake at TOKY. It features a semblance of a person. The base of the cake is painted like a suit, and the main tier of the cake resembles a mouth. Fingers point upwards on the top tier of the cake.

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Cake 164— CIC@CET & Cortex (86 cakes left)


Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) are partners in science research. Cortex Innovation Community seeks to be a hub for technology integration. The companies have a building on Forest Park Avenue, which is where this cake is located. There is definitely a large science community in St. Louis, but I know very little about it so I’ll leave it at that.

Megan Rieke painted the science themed cake at the building. It is science-themed, and its base features elements of the periodic table. The main tier of the cake features chemical bonds, and the top tier appears to depict DNA or some other helix structure. The top of the cake features polyatomic ions and chemical equations. I’m out of my element when it comes to science, but I do know St. Louis is a science hub that sometimes flies under the radar.

Cake 163— James S. McDonnell Planetarium (87 cakes left)


Today the St. Louis Science Center operates the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, but this wasn’t always the case. The Planetarium began in 1955 when St. Louis voters approved a bond issue that allotted $1 million to build a planetarium. Eventually, a city commission chose to build the planetarium in Forest Park. It was dedicated in 1963. The Planetarium was initially supposed to be self-sufficient, but free admission obviously didn’t raise any revenue. James S. McDonnell, founder of McDonnell Aircraft Corp, donated $200,000 for the construction of the star projector. He provided more funding in subsequent years, and his name was given to the Planetarium in 1964. Unfortunately, the Planetarium failed to stay afloat, and it was closed in 1983. The City sold it to the Science Center in 1984, and after a year and a half it reopened in the summer of 1985. The Planetarium was renovated again in 2000, and it remains a captivating St. Louis landmark!

Sarah Cross painted the cake at the Planetarium. It features a science theme. Helices, test tubes, and galaxies can be found on the cake. The Planetarium itself is also represented on the back of the cake. A menacing dinosaur head is painted on the top tier of the cake amid the starry sky. The top of the cake represents the gravity wall and the candle is painted like a spaceship. The candle is reading to blast off into the cosmos depicted on the main tier of the cake.

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Cake 162—Saint Louis Science Center (88 cakes left)


The Saint Louis Science Center is located on Oakland Avenue right next to Forest Park. According to its website, the first scientific organization west of Mississippi river began in 1856 when the Academy of Science of Saint Louis was started. Slightly over a century later in 1959, the Academy built the Museum of Science and Natural History in Oak Knoll Park in Clayton. The Museum outgrew the museum by the mid-1980s. In 1984, the museum came in possession of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium—the next cake I’ll post about. It was renovated at a cost of $3.2 million, and it opened in 1985 as the Saint Louis Center. Following a $34 million expansion, the main Science Center building opened in 1991. Today, the Saint Louis Science Center and the Planetarium are popular places to visit and learn about science. The Science Center’s free admission is noteworthy and a great asset, and one can learn a lot through the interactive exhibits at the Science Center!

Dennis Smith painted the cake at the Science Center. It features science symbols. There are elements of the periodic table on the base of the cake. The middle tier features representations of chemical bonds. The top tier of the cake features a space theme. Dinosaurs adorn the back of the cake, and a pyramid and the Arch are depicted on the right side of the cake. The other side of the cake features some insect and fish wildlife. There are also some amoebas sprinkled throughout the “250.” The top of the cake is unique because the candle is a spaceship. With the painted smoke, the candle is ready to take flight!

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Cake 161—Saint Louis Zoo (89 cakes left)


Visiting this cake was my first time back to the Saint Louis Zoo in years. Last time I had visited, there was a torrential downpour. Luckily, the weather was great this time. According to the Zoo’s website, it began with the founding of the Zoological Society of St. Louis in 1910. The Society’s initial goal was to build a zoo, but arguments arose about the proposed zoo’s location. Forest Park, Carondelet Park, Creve Coeur Lake, and Fairground Park were all in the running for the Zoo’s location. Ultimately, Forest Park was chosen, and Mayor Henry Kiel signed legislation in 1913 giving 70 acres of Forest Park to the Zoological Society. In 1916, the Zoo’s first elephant was purchased using pennies from approximately 6,000 local St. Louis schoolchildren who had enthusiastically fundraised. Over 17,000 spectators came to see Miss Jim delivered to the Zoo, and she was immensely popular during her 35 year stay at the Zoo. Today, one can go to the Zoo to see many exotic animals, and it’s a popular weekend activities for families and other Zoo-lovers!

Gregory A. Linton designed the cake at the Zoo. It features photos of animals that can be seen in the Zoo—including an elephant! A giraffe, an eagle, a bumblebee, and more can be also be seen!

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Cake 160—World’s Fair Pavilion (90 cakes left)


The World’s Fair Pavilion is a Forest Park landmark. According to St. Louis City’s website, it was built in 1909 with profits from the World’s fair. In 1998, Forest Park Forever fundraised $1.1 million to renovate it, and today it is one of the most popular attractions in Forest Park. The open-air pavilion can be rented out for various prices depending on the day of the week. The pavilion offers great views of Forest Park because it is located on the top of Government Hill.

Henryk Ptasiewicz painted the cake at the World’s Fair Pavilion. It features a World’s Fair theme. For example, the year 1904 is prominently displayed. The sides of the cake depict large, delectable ice cream cones, whose colors contrast nicely with the light blue background of the cake. This is a fantastic cake for a terrific location!

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