On Friday, August 9th, the St. Louis Urban Sketchers gathered at the Thomas Sappington Historic Site, 1015 Sappington Rd, St. Louis, MO 63126. With the historic house, library, and beautiful grounds everyone enjoyed sketching under an abundance of shade. Afterward many sketchers stayed to enjoy lunch at The Barn restaurant.
The Sappington House was built in 1808 and is believed to be the oldest brick house in St. Louis County. This restored historic site is an outstanding example of Federal architecture, which was popular during the post-revolutionary period (1780-1830). Period furnishings add to the ambiance.
In addition to the house, the Sappington Complex includes The Barn restaurant, a gift shop, and the Library of Americana, which includes resources on American History and Decorative Arts. The complex is staffed by over 100 volunteers who operate the gift shop, library and act as docents in the museum.
Here are some photos of the complex, the sketchers and their sketches: