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Name:  Jefferson Memorial Building
Address:  Forest Park (Lindell & DeBaliviere)
Year:  1913
Architectural Firm/Architect:  Issac Taylor
Standard Architectural Styles:  Neoclassical
Sculptor:  Karl Bitter
Front facade:  Stone, ashlar
Property Type Codes:  Museum
Alterations:  Recent large addition to rear of building.
Designation: City Landmark
The building, also known as the Missouri History Museum, was designed by Issac Taylor. A memorial to Thomas Jefferson, it was built with proceeds from the 1904 World´s Fair and stands at what was the main entrance to the fair. It was dedicated in 1913, becoming the first national monument to Jefferson. The Neo-Classical limestone building features terrazzo floors, bronze doors, marble wainscoting, decorative plasterwork and Tiffany light fixtures. Seated at the center of the building is a large statue of Thomas Jefferson, created by sculptor Karl Bitter. The museum also houses 8,400 square feet of exhibit space.

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