Landmarks Association of St. Louis

What Are Buildings Made Of? (WABMO)

 Students from the Rockwoods School District:  Center for Creative Learning


In January 1992 LANDMARKS in conjunction with the School Partnership Program began "What Are Buildings Made Of?" (WABMO).  An acclaimed heritage education program supported since its inception by the Regional Arts Commission, the original WABMO sessions were directed to students in the 4th through 6th grades.  Since then the program has grown to include versions for high school and college students, for at-risk youth and for senior citizens.  A WABMO for families will be offered starting in 2008.

The basic program for grade school students is a two-hour, hands-on look at the architectural heritage of St. Louis.  Students meet downtown at Architecture St. Louis for a brief lesson on St. Louis building materials and architecture.  This includes a discussion about what life was like in St. Louis when many of our historic buildings were constructed and how that affects the city's landscape.  Samples of common St. Louis building materials are shown and passed around.

The students then break into small groups led by trained docents and head out to the streets where students get a firsthand view of historic as well as modern architecture in the immediate downtown area.

Regular WABMO sessions are held each spring and fall with special programs scheduled during the summer. 

LANDMARKS is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to give a few mornings a year.  Current and past docents have come from all walks of life.



Those interested in becoming a docent, or teachers who would like more information on getting their students involved in the program, should contact us by telephone at (314) 421-6474 or by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)