1400 Market Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103 / Cake artist: Marilyn Callahan

*National Register of Historic Places* (as Kiel Opera House)

 

One of St. Louis’ finest institutions first opened its doors in 1934 as the Municipal Auditorium. The name would change to Kiel Opera House in 1943 after the death of former St. Louis mayor, Henry Kiel. Kiel was one of the main people who championed for the auditorium. It had been adjacent to the Kiel Auditorium, where the Scottrade Center sits now. According to its website, the Rolling Stones, Harry S. Truman and Johnny Carson have held private parties there. Speaking of Johnny Carson, he was part of the historical televised concert that was held at the Opera House in 1965, starring ‘The Rat Pack’ (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.). Carson was subbing for Rat Pack member Joey Bishop, who had a bad back. Several big-name rock acts performed here in the 1960s to the 80s, including the Who, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and many others. The Kiel Opera House officially closed its doors in 1991, and was eventually saved from demolition.

In 2009, plans finally came underway for renovation of the building. A year later, it was renamed Peabody Opera House, after Peabody Energy. Opening night was on 10/1/2011 and Jay Leno and Aretha Franklin performed. Since its re-opening, it has hosted several plays and shows, and of course, concerts from older and current acts (fun., Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, The Pixies,etc).

Peabody Opera House
Peabody Opera House
B.B. King performing at Peabody Opera House on 4/4/2014!
B.B. King performing at Peabody Opera House on 4/4/2014!

Cake placement date: February 28

Where is the cake now?: The cake was sold in the biddingforgood auction for $650 on 1/1/2015.

Peabody Opera House on Facebook / Official website

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