718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63101 / Cake artist: Earl Miller
*National Register of Historic Places*
Powell Hall was erected in 1925 as the St. Louis Public Theater. The Public Theater regularly showed vaudeville shows and movies. In the mid-60s, the building underwent several renovations, and re-opened as the new home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1968. That same year, it was renamed Powell Symphony Hall, after St. Louis businessman Walter S. Powell. Powell, who was president of the U.S. Figure Skating Association in the mid-1940s, died in 1961 in a plane crash. His widow donated $1 million towards the hall.
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest and most-popular orchestras in the United States. Founded in 1880, it is also the second-oldest symphony in the United States, behind the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra still regularly performs at Powell Hall. Free tours are offered, and reservations are required.
Cake placement date: February 24
Where is the cake now?: The cake sold in the biddingforgood auction for $435 on 1/1/2015, to the Cakelovers. It was later sold to the small grocery store Larder & Cupboard, which is located at 1310 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO, 63143. (October 2017)