Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Going on the go: bathroom news

Although it may be a year before Lambert-St. Louis International Airport can repair Concourse C, which was heavily damaged in a tornado on April 22, 2011, the airport is moving forward with much-needed, scheduled upgrades in the Airport Experience Program.

And right now, airport officials are flushed with pride over some newly renovated restrooms.

All restrooms in Concourse A, Concourse C and Terminal 1 will eventually get renovated, and let’s hope they all look as lovely as the fresh set bathrooms (Men’s, Women’s and a Family Assist) featuring bright white counters, new terrazzo flooring and colorful walls that just opened on Concourse A (near gate 8).

And while we’re talking bathrooms… take a look at The Bathroom Diaries , Mary Ann Racin’s directory of more than 47,000 public restrooms, with a color-coded key for toilet cleanliness and amenities such as changing tables.

Racin says she’s recently overhauled the site, but is still working on some features and functionality and, of course, an iPhone app.

They didn’t call him Lucky Lindy for nothing

Talk about luck.

For more than 30 years Charles Lindbergh’s 1932 Monocoupe D-145 hovered over the Concourse C checkpoint at Lambert-St Louis International Airport (STL).

But just last month, to make way for the relocation of that checkpoint, the plane was lowered to the floor, removed from the airport and put in storage at Missouri’s Mount Vernon Municipal Airport.

According to the owner of the company that moved the plane, “Had it still been inside the St. Louis airport when the tornado blew through last Friday, the plane would have taken a direct hit.”

Lucky, right?

That’s what the folks at the Missouri Historical Society are probably thinking. The organization received the plane from Lindbergh back in 1940 and planned to have it restored and put on display at the Mount Vernon Airport while renovations were underway at Lambert.

The timeline for restoring and returning the plane to Lambert airport may be altered a bit by the aftermath of the tornado, but at least the plane is safe and still around.

Tornado closes Lambert-St. Louis Airport indefinitely

We’ll be getting more details today, but Friday night, April 22nd, an apparent tornado ripped through the St. Louis area and caused so much damage at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that the airport is now closed indefinitely while they figure out what to do.

Here’s a story from the local TV news station KMOV:


Airport spokespeople say at least four people were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries and that:

“At this time, it appears that Terminal 1 and Concourse C suffered the most damage from the storm with high winds that blew out up to 50 percent of windows and caused roof damage as well.  There is also considerable storm damage at the entrances of the airport and along roadways.”

KMOV has also posted a gallery of photos showing what the area looked like after the tornado:

See the rest of the KMOV STL airport tornado damage photo gallery.

The damage is heartbreaking. Especially for those who have been looking forward to all the new features and amenities that were being put in place for a major restoration project.

Let’s hope the Lindbergh 1934 Monocoupe D-145 is safe. Charles Lindbergh’s personal plane hovered over the STL Concourse C checkpoint for 30 years and just last month was lowered and moved to the Mt. Vernon Municipal Airport to make way for a concourse relocation project. The plane is owned by the Missouri History Museum and is scheduled to return to STL when renovations there are complete.

Museum Monday: art inspired by Lambert –St. Louis International Airport

On, I often make note of an inspiring museum-quality exhibition that has made its way to an airport.

Today, I’m pleased to point you to a museum exhibition that has been inspired by an airport.

St. Louis Art museum

Ian Monroe's Arc


The Saint Louis Art Museum is showing an exhibition of work by Ian Monroe that takes its cue from the architecture and history of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport terminal.  The building was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Center and the Twin Towers.

Ian Monroe


Currents 105: Ian Monroe will be on view in Gallery 338 at the Saint Louis Art Museum through July 31, 2011. Even better: admission to the Saint Louis Art Museum is free.

(Images courtesy Haunch of Venison and Ian Monroe © Ian Monroe)

Fresh art at Miami, St. Louis and Phoenix airports

This month my At the Airport column on features a round-up of fresh art at airports around the country. I posted a few examples here yesterday. Here are some more.

(Photo by Rodney Cammauf)

Travelers can get a dose of the Everglades the only place where alligators and crocodiles co-exist in the wild at Miami International Airport, which is displaying 26 large-format photographs featuring the reserve’s wildlife and lush landscapes. The photos were taken by a half-dozen photographers who had the opportunity to live and work in the park’s subtropical environment for a month as part of the Everglades National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program.n You’ll find these in the international arrivals corridor in the North Terminal through December, 2011.

Lauren Adams: Coverlet Abstraction

Plenty of site-specific art will be part of the $50 million in renovations taking place at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s historic Terminal 1. Among the first commissioned pieces to be installed will be art glass screens with work by nine local artists featuring images that include eagles, soaring clouds, historic quilt patterns, local river paths and other images. Four art glass screens are being installed this month; five more screens will be installed this summer in Terminal 1.

"Spice Monkey"

Robert Brubaker’s ceramic, anthropomorphic animals are featured in a current exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 3. Although the local weather rarely calls for such warm clothing, the birds, ram, monkey and other animals featured in Big Coats are wrapped in ceramic versions of brightly colored, woolen Western-style blanket coats.