Balmer & Weber Music House Co. Building


Designed by H. William Kirchner in 1905, what later became the home to Ludwig Aeolian Building, this narrow building reminds us that not all the great treasures of downtown are massive office buildings.


Inspired by the Renaissance and the architecture of Michelangelo, it is a masterpiece of Beaux-Arts architecture in red terracotta.


Interestingly, the columns are made out of brick. Below, the close proximity of the neighboring building affects the designs of the pediments, which truncate before reaching the property line.



  1. What is NEED/WANT? Am also very happy the building has been repurposed after its years as a Bridal Shop. Was my families music business-Balmer- of Balmer-Weber Music House being my great great grandfather and when it was a Bridal Shop the proprietors let my parents come in and research the histoy of the building and tour the shop and mezzanine. It wa still very beautiful with chandeliers, carvings, wall length mirrors and marble floors , molded ceilings and gorgeous staircase. Thank you for your info. Love St Louis architectural history. Wish they made all of music row a historic landmark.

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