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Anheuser-Busch Brew House, Revisited

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Anheuser-Busch wasn’t the only brewery in St. Louis to have a multi-floored, skylight lit brew house (my research has shown that the Columbia Brewery did as well), but it is the only one left in operation. It’s almost like the company cared about their workers having a good day at work, as light shone down on them, putting them in a good mood. It’s still a spectacular space, all these years later. I was told that there are obviously other brew houses on the campus now, but this one is still very much alive. See previous pictures here.

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I am giving a tour of the Lafayette Square neighborhood Thursday, June 18th. Buy tickets here.

3 Comments

  1. It’s also possible they wanted to save some money on artificial lighting.

    • Oh definitely, and artificial lighting wasn’t that great back then, either.

  2. Holy crap, that’s beautiful! And practical. Numerous studies have shown that natural light contributes to worker wellness, productivity and mood. It’s a shame that most manufacturing and warehousing facilities these days are mostly dark concrete or steel boxes. They feel more like prisons than workplaces.

    “Back to work, wage slaves!”

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