Road Trip Architecture and Book Recommendation


We left Dallas last Friday to take our daughter to Michigan for a three week camp where she can focus on her favorite extra curricular activity and be with other kids who share her interest.  We spent the night in St. Louis, so we drove around the campus of Washington University on our way out of town the next morning.  Our daughter is going into high school next year, and we need to be educating ourselves about options for college.  She attends a school that graduates around 120 girls every year.  A surprising number of them attend Washington University, so we wanted to see it.

The original campus dates from 1853,  and was located in downtown St. Louis.  Construction began on the existing campus  in 1900 which is located in the Forest Park area.  

The architects of the campus, Cope and Stewardson, described the architecture as Academic Gothic and were inspired by the architecture of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

There was construction and we could only see part of the campus.  We hope to visit again and be able to see and learn more.  What do you think?

I had to take this pic.  What do you think a tourist from another country would infer from this?  It's over the interstate in Oklahoma.

I know I have a random post today, but it's what's on my mind.  Do any of you read parenting books?  Any of you who are parents, of course.  To be honest, I try, but don't have the best track record.  They usually aren't the most engrossing reading material.  I know I should, as I believe that everyone can be a better parent.  The administration of my daughter's school has been urging parents to read this for a couple of years.  They believe it to be one of the most helpful books available for parents and teachers.  I'm almost finished with it, and I completely agree.  I wish I had read it when it was first published in 2006.  Have any of you read this book?  I highly recommend it for everyone parent or not.   Do you have a great book to recommend?  I'll be ready for something purely entertaining after I finish this!



Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

Washington University is gorgeous! I had a few friends attend law school there. What an exciting time for your daughter. I went to the University of Oklahoma and had a blast. :)

My Crafty Home Life said...

You are so smart to start looking at colleges now. We are doing the same when we travel. I have not read that book, but it looks good. I have no time for reading.

Things That Inspire said...

I know many people who attended Washington University, but I have never seen pictures of it! It reminds me very much of the architecture of my alma mater, Rice University, which is also inspired by Oxford and Cambridge.

My oldest is also a rising 9th grader, and we are planning on taking her with us for our 20th college reunion this fall - the first of many stops for college visits! It is amazing how fast the years go by...

Safe travels.


Janet @ House Four said...

What a gorgeous campus! The university i wentto has some gorgeous architecture too and i always appreciated having beautiful thngs to look at while walking from class to class. Not the only thing to be concerned about when pickng a school, for sure, but it's nice to learn in such beautiful surroundings!
I've never heard of that book but will look for it....likely more for myself than my kids! I need some help fulfilling my own potential right about now ;))

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Washington University is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the images.
Have a great weekend, Jennifer.

Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning] said...

That McDonalds is hilarious! I would definitely have taken a photo as well.


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