St Louis Magazine / September 2006 / Perspective - Do We Care? Do We Dare?
St. Louis has statues or street names for everybody from Alexander von
Humboldt to cool Papa Bell. Where are the Eliots?
By Aaron Belz
It seems that St. Louisans have all but forgotten T.S. Eliot’s legacy in our
city. ... Yet St. Louis boasts neither memorials nor museums to T.S.
Eliot—not even a souvenir shop—only a plaque in the AT&T parking lot in the
2600 block of Locust, marking the site of Eliot’s boyhood home. ...
[Some paragraphs about Henry Ware Eliot Sr. and the Hydraulic Press Brick
I sometimes wonder who played the more important role in culture: Tom or his
father. As far as St. Louis is concerned, it was certainly his father. ...
[Usual stuff about Rev. William Greenleaf Eliot]
The Eliots gave us the building materials for our city—and for our souls,
our minds, our hearts. Yet we haven’t even named a street after them.