Holmes Lounge

Holmes Lounge provides an elegant setting for jazz performances, fashion shows and other special events at Washington University in St. Louis.

It also serves as a central gathering place for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

At the time of the 1904 World’s Fair, 500 scholars discussing human knowledge and progress often convened in this space, then the Ridgley Library reading room.

Mary Brooks Holmes

Mary Brooks Holmes was involved in many organizations including the St. Louis Country Club, Colonial Dames of America, the Colony Club of New York, and the Garden Club of America.

Her husband was J. Howard Holmes, an officer of the John A. Holmes Lumber Company. Mrs. Brooks was a philanthropist in St. Louis and gave to Barnes Hospital and Washington University. She died in 1965.