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Lambert–St. Louis International Airport

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1957, Hellmuth, Yamasaki and Leinweber; 1965 control tower, I. M. Pei Associates; many additions. 10701 Lambert International Blvd.
  • (Photograph by Cole Woodcox)
  • (Photograph by Cole Woodcox)
  • (Photograph by Cole Woodcox)
  • (Photograph by Cole Woodcox)
  • (Photograph by Cole Woodcox)

Lambert Airport's main terminal evokes flight through a series of arcs—shallow vaulted concrete shells linked by groin vaulting. The visual impact it conveyed in the early days of jet travel is now somewhat diminished by the addition of parking garages and other infrastructure that hem it in. I. M. Pei Associates designed the control tower in 1965, and Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum added a matching fourth vault to the terminal in 1965 and an international wing in 1976. Concourses A–C were upgraded beginning in the 1970s, and Concourse D was constructed in 1985. Additions to the airport include the East Terminal (1998, KAI Texas) and a 9,000-foot west runway, completed in 2006, based on a 1995 master plan by Leigh Fisher Associates. From the main terminal, MetroLink connects the airport to St. Louis city center and to East St. Louis.

Writing Credits

Carol Grove
Osmund Overby, Carol Grove, and Cole Woodcox



  • 1957

  • 1965

    Terminal addition
  • 1976

    International wing
  • 1998

    East Terminal
  • 2006

    West runway

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Carol Grove, "Lambert–St. Louis International Airport", [St. Louis, Missouri], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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