A Claim on the Future

The concluding session will invite participants to meditate on how the drive to preserve the past also is an effort to shape the future. Discussion will include a local case study, the future of St. Louis’ now-shuttered medium security jail known as “the Workhouse.” Today there is a public effort to create a vision for the Workhouse’s future, which has to reckon with its notorious past. Can preservation be a tool for working through the complex meanings of places today in order to build a better tomorrow?

Registration for each class is required. Please contact programs@pulitzerarts.org if you require any accommodations to participate in the program.


Facilitated by National Building Arts Center Executive Director, Michael Allen, this five-week class series will examine the multiverse of historic preservation practices in our world today. Classes will meet each week at the museum and will include assigned readings, guest lectures, and open spaces for discussion. This class series is best for teens and adults.