634 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO, 63102 / Cake artist: Corinne Didisheim
*National Register of Historic Places*
Eugene Field was the son of Roswell Field, the attorney who represented Dred Scott’s family when they took their freedom case to the federal courts. Eugene, who was born in the house in 1850, went on to become a children’s writer, as well as a columnist for various newspapers. His poems gained national fame, one of them being ‘Wynken, Blynken and Nod’. Field moved to various cities during his lifetime, including St. Joseph, Missouri and Denver, Colorado. He died in Chicago in 1895.
The house tells the story of both Eugene Field and his father, with interesting historical notes and items. The place also serves as a toy museum, as Eugene collected toys during his lifetime. Even though his collection no longer exists, the museum has collected toys in his honor. It is one of the largest toy collections in the Midwest.
Cake placement date: February 25
Where is the cake now? It is still located outside the museum, behind a fence (September 2019)
Memories: The cake was originally an indoor cake for most of the year, but perhaps to the dismay of cakers who weren’t able to go to the museum on its open days, the cake was placed outside the front area. It was then moved to the courtyard, where visitors still had to get permission to access it.