Michael R. Allen

Michael R. Allen is senior lecturer in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design and lecturer in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as director of the Preservation Research Office.

Posts by Michael R. Allen

The Long Reconstruction of Fairground Park

Today, the traumatic histories of Fairground Park lie concealed beneath an active landscape of public recreation frequented by Black St. Louisans. There are no monuments or markers to teach the story of the 1949 pool riot, although the outline of the old pool still reveals itself in aerial photographs. Fairground Park has been witness to the ways in which the state can make bare lives and bare spaces, not through hard laws but through soft powers, practices and exclusions buried in the hidden transcripts and code words of powerful White actors.