"Meet Me in St. Louis" is the official tagline for this year's U.S. Chess Championship. The line is a reference, of course, to the great 1944 Vincent Minnelli film of the same name, starring Judy Garland.
The tagline is especially appropriate because the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, which is hosting the tournament, is located in the city's Central West End, the same neighborhood made famous by the movie.
Hollywood's vision of 1904's Central West End filled the streets with gingerbread 2nd Empires. (The film was shot on a set on the MGM backlot in Culver City, California.) The actual St.L. homes are just as beautiful as those in the movie, but quite different, not Victorians at all, but built on tree-lined streets with a definite Midwestern flair. Most of the homes in the area are designed as variations on Georgian, Romanesque and Renaissance Revival themes.
I think it would be interesting to walk around the same streets today and try to imagine what it was like in St. Louis over a hundred years ago. Well anyway, that's what I would be doing if I were attending the tournament.
Here's a brief clip from the movie showing Judy Garland singing "Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis". It is followed by a longer contemporary video about today's Central West End.