Friday, August 29, 2014

#238: Manchester City Hall

Here is a cake that represents the suburb of Manchester, Missouri. As one would guess, the city is named after an Englishman who migrated from Manchester, England. So why its city hall? Well, it turns out the building has a lot of historical significance. City officials nominated their building, which was at point in time, the Lyceum.
Funny, that's what the other community said about its own
The doors of Manchester City Hall

The former Lyceum, now a city hall
Some factoids about the Lyceum (built in 1894) and its surrounding area:
  • The Manchester Spring which flowed to the nearby Grand Glaize Creek was next to the Lyceum. The spring is now covered.
  • The Lyceum is also located nearby the first trading post site for Indians, which was between the Meramec and Missouri rivers. 
  • Other buildings that existed in the 19th century still stand today, along Manchester Road nearby the city hall.
  • The first floor of the Lyceum was a marketplace, or at least a shop where many townspeople got what they needed. It also may have been used as a post office in its early years.
  • The second floor was a large open space, which was like an auditorium or a theatre. A roller rink was enjoyed by the residents at one time, and 'talkie' pictures were shown on this floor during the Great Depression.
The cake, which states Manchester's motto, 'A proud past, a bright future':
Back side of the cake

Left side of the cake

Right side of the cake

Top of the cake
City of Manchester, MO Wikipedia link
City of Manchester, MO Official website

14318 Manchester Road, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63011  (funny, I thought this was located in Manchester...)
Cake artist: Mike Ochonicky

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