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 Louis LaBeaume

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Louis LaBeaume

Birth
Missouri, USA
Death 9 Nov 1961 (aged 88)
Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 158 Lot 2863
Memorial ID 29553727 View Source

Prominent St. Louis architect and former City Art Museum board president. Mr. LaBeaume's paternal ancestors were among the earliest French families in St. Louis. The original Louis LaBeaume arrived in late 1796 or early 1797 and took up large land holdings in what is now north St. Louis. Mr. LaBeaume was involved in the designing of Kiel Auditorium, the downtown St. Louis YMCA, the Central YWCA, much of Lindenwood College and numerous churches, hospitals and private residences. He was a member of the Museum board for 25 years and president for ten years. During his tenure, he was responsible for many important additions to the collections and for some major interior improvements. A graduate of the old Manual Training School in St. Louis, he studied architecture at Columbia University and in Boston, New York and Europe. He returned to St. Louis in 1902 to join the 1904 World's Fair design staff.

Afterwards, he opened his own office under the firm name of Mariner and LaBeaume, succeeded in 1912 by LaBeaume and Klein and later by LaBeaume and Unland. He was a member of the St. Louis Plan Commission from 1914 to 1940 and a fellow and past vice president of the American Institute of Architects.

Mr. LaBeaume was active in a number of civic, charitable and cultural organizations. During World War I he was director of publicity for the Southwestern Division of the American National Red Cross. From 1916 to 1941 he was on the board of control of the St. Louis City Art Museum, being successively treasurer, vice-president and president.

Mr. LaBeaume was a prolific writer. He not only contributed widely to architectural literature, but wrote magazine sketches, book reviews and poetry. He was a member of the following social clubs: the Noonday, Round Table, Town and Gown, Florissant Valley, and Burns in St. Louis and the Century Club of New York.


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  • Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 4 Sep 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 29553727
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29553727/louis-labeaume : accessed ), memorial page for Louis LaBeaume (31 Jul 1873–9 Nov 1961), Find a Grave Memorial ID 29553727, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Connie Nisinger (contributor 74) .