Visitors to the Missouri History Museum Tuesday, April 24 2012 are invited to watch Brick by Chance and Fortune: A St. Louis Story, a feature length documentary about brick in St. Louis by Bill Streeter. The documentary pays homage to the rich heritage of brick architecture in St. Louis, which was home to some of the largest and most innovative clay working companies of the nineteenth century. The documentary will begin at 7 p.m. in Lee Auditorium. Admission is free.
Among those interviewed and appearing in the film include Mimi Garstang. Mimi served as State Geologist of Missouri and Geology and Land Survey Division Director from 2000-2008. In the film, Mimi discusses the geology and abundance of clay in St. Louis, which made it possible for the brick industry to thrive in the city. Many fine examples of brick work produced still exist. The documentary also features historians, preservationists, a city alderman and others who share a love for St. Louis brick. The documentary won “Best Local History Feature” in the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase.
After the film, stay for a discussion with filmmaker Bill Streeter; Michael Allen, director at Preservation Research Office; and author and historian NiNi Harris. Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at www.stlbrickfilm.com. – Joe