Tower Grove Abbey is a beautiful century-old church that is being newly developed as a multi-use performance center for arts, education, and community programs. The Abbey also serves as an elegant setting for weddings, social events, and corporate meetings. Located in the resurging Tower Grove East neighborhood, this accessible venue near Grand Boulevard offers free, gated parking at the adjacent Shenandoah Elementary School. The Abbey’s spacious main stage area, with its exquisite architecture, glorious acoustics, and breathtaking stained glass windows, is ideal for larger events, while three additional areas are available for smaller functions.
A Place for the Arts
In addition to serving as the home of Stray Dog Theatre (SDT), Tower Grove Abbey showcases a variety of artists and events, ranging from musicians, poets, and comedians to movies, meetings, and banquets. Tower Grove Abbey also houses SDT’s Arts-In-Mind education programs, including after-school, weekend, and summer arts camps. The Abbey is also host to a variety of arts classes and community events.
A Historical Presence
Initially known as the “German Evangelical Saint Lukas Church of St. Louis”, St. Luke’s was first located in the Mill Creek or Chouteau Valley. In 1906 the cornerstone for the new church was laid at its current location, and was dedicated in November, 1912. After almost 100 years in the Tower Grove East neighborhood, the church has become a focal point of the community.
(credit: slcl.org, towergroveeast.org, stlouis.missouri.org)