1 University Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63121 / Cake artist: The staff of UMSL and Mercantile Library
Several types of collections are held at the Mercantile Library, which is located in the basement of UMSL’s library. Founded in 1846, as it was located at the corner of Pine and Main Streets. (The Jefferson Expansion Memorial Park sits there now) It is the oldest library west of the Mississippi River. The library then moved to Locust Street in 1854. The St. Louis Symphony played its first concerts there. In 1861, a meeting was held for the Missouri Constitutional Convention to vote to stay in the Union at the beginning of the Civil War. Another meeting took place years later (1865) to vote for the abolishment of slavery. The library finally moved to its current location (the Thomas Jefferson Library building) in 1998. It features an art museum, the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library and the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library.
Cake placement date: February 26
Where is the cake now?: The cake still sits in its location. There have been talks of re-painting the cake and/or putting it in storage (according to the museum head). (February 2018)