This is the former home of Kroger’s, robbed at gunpoint in 1959 by none other than James Earl Ray.
This was the plan that basically condemned a large portions of the buildings inside Grand as “obsolete.” While it might be trivial, much of what was labeled thus was in fact torn down. “Blighted” areas are now some of the most prized, and in some cases, the most troubled areas of the city today. Thank God they didn’t get their way completely.
Falstaff Brewery Plant Ten is a strange place, in that it has had numerous owners and brewers over the years. It’s actually sort of hard to tell how many it’s had. Also, I think many of the buildings around the brewhouse, once part of the brewery operation, are under different ownership than the main building.
A wonderful remnant of the plant’s ownership by the Griesedieck Brewery is left on the wall of the side of the brewery building, though slightly faded.
Likewise, caves still exist under the building and Lemp Avenue, and if you put your hand over the grates, the cold air of the cave can be felt. It is definitely not a sewer; I tested it myself on a hot day and frigid air met my hand.
Across Lemp Avenue, there is an auxiliary group of buildings that looks like it was built in the 1950’s or early 60’s.
Please visit this great Falstaff Beer site, where I learned most of my information about the old brewing company. Also, I want to thank Andrew Weil, director of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, for additional information.