6801 Delmar, University City, MO, 63130 / Cake artist: David Jackson


The University City Lion Gates were commissioned in 1909, by University City’s founder, Edward Gardner Lewis. The lions on top were sculpted by George Julian Zolnay. For a time, the lions once stood upon 40 feet pylons of limestone. Because the weight caused them to tilt through time, the pylons were reduced to its current size of 14 feet in 1991. By the way, the lions during its ‘taller pylon’ days were 8 tons of concrete. They are now gone and the ones you’ll see in the picture are lighter fiberglass ones. The original lions are now in the possession of the Missouri Historical Society. One thing that hasn’t changed: the gates are known as ‘the gates of opportunity’. The lion is also the mascot for University City’s high school.

The 'Gates of Opportunity'!
The ‘Gates of Opportunity’!
The only cake that required chalk so people could write 'where they went to high school'!
The graffitized cake!

Cake placement date: March 10

Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $505 on 1/1/2015. It is now displayed at the Rack House, located at 5025 Highway N, Cottleville, MO. (February 2018)

Notes: This was the only cake in 2014 that provided chalk at its base so people could write on it! Most people wrote where they went to high school, as this was one of two cakes that asked the common St. Louis question, “Where did you go to high school?”. ¬†(The other cake was St. Joseph’s Academy cake)

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