Firm Chair Emeritus Walter Metcalfe, in BCLP’s St. Louis office, has been named a recipient of the Frankie Freeman/Norman Seay award from the St. Louis City National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The award honors exemplary service, distinguished leadership, and commitment to improve the cultural, social, and economic growth and development of the St. Louis community. Metcalfe was recognized at the 107th Anniversary Celebration and Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner in St. Louis on Aug. 23.
Following the founding of the NAACP in 1909, the St. Louis chapter was founded in 1913. Today, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. With more than a half million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world, the NAACP is responsible for a number of victories in the struggle for justice and equality in America.
Metcalfe has through the years been involved in numerous high-profile civic engagements. He spearheaded the international design competition to reinvent the landscape around the Arch and led implementation of the $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds as founder and former chairman of the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. He also played a key role in the success of Proposition P, which will help fund improvements to area parks, trails and renovations at the Arch and riverfront for the next 20 years. He currently is a trustee emeritus of Washington University and a director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and he formerly served as an officer or director of BJC Healthcare, CityArchRiver Foundation, Civic Progress, the Danforth Foundation, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Grand Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He served as lead lawyer in the organization of Kiel Center Partners, the financing and construction of the Enterprise Center, and acquisition and operation of the St. Louis Blues. He represented the St. Louis NFL group in the establishment of legislation and financing for the construction of the Edward Jones Dome expansion of the St. Louis Convention Center. He helped organize Grand Center Inc., the developer of the arts and entertainment district in St. Louis. He represented the Missouri Botanical Garden, Monsanto Company, the University of Missouri and Washington University in the organization, funding and construction of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Among other awards, Metcalfe was named by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as Citizen of the Year in 2015, recognized with the Right Arm of St. Louis Award in 2010 by the Regional Chamber, named the St. Louis Variety Club Man of the Year in 2008, and made an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2015.