So what happened? Well, some fast-paced changes for that time. Remember, picture yourself in the city, post-World War II. Yes, we had the feelgood 50s, and the turbulent 60s. Let's leave out all the moments like the Civil Rights movement. If you wanted to see the latest 'up and coming' musician or comedian, this was the place to go. You can grab a beer, socialize, smoke it up, whatever. You could catch the Smothers Brothers and Jerry Stiller before they would go on to be famous. I've heard a story about a security guard having a long conversation with a young Barbra Streisand late at night, when she was a 'nobody'. Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band wrote in his autobiography about Gaslight, where he and his brother Duane performed as the 'Allman Joys'. Even local guy Miles Davis, during his peak, would perform here. But it all died a slow poison, as people faded. Crime was a major factor. There was the so-called 'white flight' and urban decay, as suburbs became more popular.
Today, most of the buildings are non-existent. If they do, they are without doubt showing signs of deterioration. Replacing most of them are upscale condos, which were built earlier this century.
And what's with the name? Gaslight? Because the streets at the time during its peak were all lit with them. It makes perfect sense that Laclede Gas was a sponsor of this cake since it was around during that time, and provided them with it.
|A closer look at the 'triangle' that leads to part of the area|
|top of the cake|
|Seemingly in detail, this provides quite a comprehensive history for those who 'weren't there' (myself included) during that era. Who knew George Carlin (during his clean years) performed here?!|
Located at the corner of Boyle and Olive
Cake artist: Theresa Hopkins
Cake sponsored by Laclede Gas
UPDATE (8/24/2016): The cake is still there.