Landmarks to Honor Gene Mackey at 60th Birthday Celebration Nov. 1

By on August 8, 2019

From STL Today: 

by Joe Holleman

As part of celebrating 60 years in the preservation game, the Landmarks Association of St. Louis will honor the legacy of noted local architect Gene Mackey III.

The association has named Mackey, who died in 2016, as the winner of the H. Meade Summers Jr. Award.

40 Portland Place

Mackey will be honored Nov. 1 at a soiree at 40 Portland Place in the Central West End.

Calling Mackey a “fearless advocate” for historic preservation,” the association noted his 50-year career of working “with a heart directed toward civic design and a soul steeped in a preservation ethic.”

The Portland Place property is more than just a party pad, as it has its own historical significance, the association noted.

When St. Louis caught a building boom in the 1890s, much of it due to preparations for the 1904 World’s Fair, wealthy residents began building near Forest Park. One of those well-to-doers was Brown Shoe Co. founder George Warren Brown.

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