National Candy Company

The old National Candy Company factory sat empty for years, and was first the target of redevelopment for a charter school a few years ago. That never happened, so in a continuing trend, U-Haul got a hold of it and renovated it for storage, which I think is a perfectly fine reuse.

It’s a great example of how factory architecture was changing in the early Twentieth Century away from more historicist models, and embracing new ideas and forms.

And yes, this was the company owned by actor Vincent Price’s family.

It is located on the hill that the Gravois Avenue underpass cut through.


  1. Chris, I may be mistaken, but when I lived in that area about 25 years ago, Eagle Brand Snackfoods, which was owned by Anheuser Busch, I believe they were operating a plant out of this building, I’m not sure what they produced at this plant, but they were known for awhile for their commercials with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Also I remember a delivery unit for Colonial bread which AB also owned, in a smaller building, I’m not sure if bread was produced there or not, but at times I could smell the aroma of fresh bread when driving down Gravois

  2. This bldg would be cool as residential lofts with a green space and amenities on the roof. But just glad it’s no longer sitting vacant!

  3. You know we were all ready to lambast you if you hadn’t mentioned the Vincent Price connection Lol. Glad to see you headed us off at the pass.

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