Nearby Attractions

Tower Grove Park

Tower-Grove-Lion_240x240Tower Grove Park has something for everyone. The park is home to softball, ultimate disc, and soccer leagues, and tennis courts, as well as plenty of sidewalks for joggers and stroller derby moms. The park sponsors weekly events such as Friends of Tower Grover Park Children’s Concert Series on Monday nights and their very own Farmer’s Market.

Tower Grove Park was started by legendary St. Louis entreprenuer Henry Shaw. It is home to hundreds of varieties of trees and dozens of impressive public pavilions and statues. It is one of the best 19th urban parks in the United States.

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Missouri Botanical Garden

Missouri Botanical GardensDid you know the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the oldest botanical institutions in the country and a national historic landmark? There are so many events, educational classes and attractions for all ages, including the new Children’s Garden! Your child can explore a cave, climb a tree and even pilot a steamboat. The Missouri Botanical Garden is where you can be a kid again….come explore your imagination today at this magnificent garden!

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Compton Hill Reservoir Park and
the Compton Hill Water Tower

Naked-Truth_240x240_2Have you seen the Compton Hill water tower? It stands 180 feet tall and at night can be seen from all over the city. The water tower is considered a Saint Louis City landmark. The Compton Hill Water Tower is one of only seven surviving such towers in the United States (two others are also in St. Louis), it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972.

Compton Hill Water Tower, located in Compton Hill Reservoir Park along Grand Avenue, is preserved as a mid-19th century engineering masterpiece. Built in the late-19th century on the highest point in the city it was designed as part of the city’s public water supply system.

The statue The Naked Truth, unveiled in 1914, was a gift to the city of St. Louis by the German-American Alliance in honor of Carl Schurz, Emil Preetorius and Carl Daenzer, editors of the German St. Louis newspaper Westliche Post. Controversy erupted over the statue’s nudity before the monument was even built when a jury selected the design of Wilhelm Wandschneider, the only non-local sculptor in the design contest. At the request of Adolphus Busch, who had contributed $20,000 of the $31,000 cost of the monument, the statue was made of bronze instead of white marble to deemphasize the nudity.

The statue was moved to its present location south of the water tower after Interstate 44 was constructed through the northern edge of the park. The statue was designated a city landmark in 1969.

Compton Hill Water Tower
2017 Public Viewing Schedule

Saturday Afternoons Full Moon Evenings
March 4th 12PM–4PM March 12th 5:30PM-10PM
April 1st 12PM–4PM April 11th 5:30PM–11:55PM
May 6th 12PM–4PM May 10st 5:30PM–11:55PM
June 3rd 12PM–4PM June 9th 5:30PM–11:55PM
July 1st 12PM–4PM July 9th 5:30PM–11:55PM
Aug 5th 12PM–4PM Aug 17th 5:30PM–11:55PM
Sept 2nd 12PM–4PM Sept 6th 5:30PM–11:55PM
Oct 7th 12PM–4PM Oct 5th 5:30PM–11PM
Nov 4th 12PM–4PM Nov 4th 5:30PM–10PM

South Grand Blvd. at Shaw Blvd.
Park Free on Russell Blvd.
Cash Only.

Adults $5
Children 6-12 $3
Under 6 Free

Learn more at the Compton Hill Reservoir Park Website and the Water Tower Foundation’s site.

Tour the Magic Chef Mansion

Magic-Chef-Mansion_240x240_23400 Russell Boulevard
Adults: $15
Children 6-12: $8
Children under 6 years: Free

Tickets are sold at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit the Magic Chef Mansion website:

Russell Boulevard borders the Compton Hill Reservoir Park to the south. The Mansion is at the southeast corner of the park on the south side of Russell. Parking on Russell is free.

2017 Public Tour Schedule
These are self-guided tours

April 1 2-5PM September 2 2-5PM
May 6 2-5PM October 7 2-5PM
June 3 2-5PM November 4 2-5PM
June 1 2-5PM December 7 5-8PM*
August 5 2-5PM December 8 5-8PM*

*Christmas Tour (with the Campbell House Museum) – $20 in advance / $30 day of tour.

Stray Dog Theatre at Tower Grove Abbey

Stray Dog Theatre at Tower Grove AbbeyTower Grove Abbey, in the Tower Grove East neighborhood, is a century-old church that is newly developed as a multi-use performance center for arts, education, and community programs. The beautiful space is now home to Stray Dog Theatre (SDT), a company in its twelfth season and SDT is committed to unleashing the art of theatre, education, and community on Saint Louis and the surrounding area.

2017-18 Productions

A Doll’s House: February 2017
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber
of Fleet Street (A Musical Thriller):
April 2017
Monsters: A New Comedy Thriller
by St. Louis Playwright Stephen Peirick:
June 2017
Ragtime: August 2017
Evil Dead: The Musical!: October 2017
Steel Magnolias: December 2017
Red Scare on Sunset: February 2018
Jesus Christ Superstar: April 2018

Stray Dog Theatre to Present

A macabre musical tells the tale of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to London seeking vengeance. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, proprietress of a failing pie shop, whose luck improves when the demon barbers thirst for blood inspires a new ingredient for her meat pies. Londoners start queuing up for a taste of her unique delectable treats!

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. From an adaptation by Christopher Bond. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Directed by Justin Been with Musical Direction by Chris Petersen. The cast includes: Jonathan Hey, Lavonne Byers, Cole Gutmann, Eileen Engel, Connor Johnson, Warren Westlund, Michael A. Wells, Kay Love, Tyler Cheatem, Scott Degitz‐Fries, Angela Bubash, Laura Megan Deveney, Kimmie Kidd, Stephanie Merritt, Belinda Quimby, Ted Drury, Kevin O’Brien, and Benjamin Sevilla.

April 6 – 22, 2017
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm
Additional performance on Wednesday, April 19 at 8:00pm.

Tower Grove Abbey
2336 Tennessee Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63104
Gated Parking

Adults $25.00 / Seniors (65+) & Students $20.00
(Cash/Checks/All Major Credit Cards)

Information and Ticket Reservations: Call (314) 865‐1995. Visit Secure online ticketing!

Signed Interpretation Performances: Selected performances are interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing by students from the Sign Language Studies program at Southwestern Illinois College. Fridays; April 7, 14 and 21, 2017.

Community Outreach: In keeping with its mission of community outreach, non‐perishable food is collected at each performance and donated to Food Outreach, Inc.

A flavor all it's own

I live in the best neighborhood in St. Louis!
I can walk or ride a bike to parks,
the gardens, shopping, and dining.

-Machelle Shaw Resident