7900 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63105 (it is actually located in downtown Clayton) / Cake artist: Rich Brooks
St. Louis County is the largest county (by population) in Missouri – just over 1 million people! The county does not include the city of St. Louis, which became an independent city in 1877. Clayton, the county seat, is named after Ralph Clayton who donated money for the land of the courthouse. The St. Louis County Circuit Court was established in 1815. The St. Louis County Police Department (across the courthouse) was created in 1955.
Cake placement date: March 7
Where is the cake now?: The cake was removed early in 2015 and was placed in different places since then; it is now at Billie’s Fine Foods (located at 1802 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO). (February 2018)
Rich Brooks, the cake’s artist, on painting the cake: “As I did my second cake for St. Louis County Courthouse, I was thinking of how proud I am of St. Louis. And how much I love this city. Also how I love Missouri and the United States of America. In honoring all three I was really feeling the American spirit. On its base I represented and honored Lewis and Clark pointing to the west. The grand skyline of St. Louis with the Gateway arch was visible. First I created the drape of the American flag, with it’s Stars & Stripes in bold red, white and blue. Next came the Missouri flag with its hallmark seal and again with bold red and white panels. Lastly I created a great flag of St. Louis with it’s fleur-de-lis and the connections of the rivers as it surrounded STL250 logo. On the cake base I created white stars on a blue background representing to a great foundation.”