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Schorr-Kolkschneider Brewery, Hyde Park

An unassuming vacant lot on Natural Bridge Avenue was once the Schorr-Kolkschneider Brewery, which once towered over this section of Hyde Park.

Schorr & Kolkschneider Brewery. Parnell and Natural Bridge Road. Photograph by W.C. Persons, 1935. Missouri Historical Society Photographs and Prints Collections. PB0579. Scan © 2006, Missouri Historical Society.

As the Sanborn Map shows, the brewery proper was built on a triangular piece of land, similar to the Union Brewery owned by Otto Stifel down in Benton Park West. I find it interesting, but perhaps a triangular plot was efficient for some reason.

While most of the brewery, including the brew house was demolished, I did see this curious wall below, painted gray to match the newer one story building, which I think is a remnant of an older brewery building.

I believe the surviving building was the wagon and shipping department

As can be seen below, the building was altered to allow for delivery trucks to back in.

It is still a very beautiful building, and a great example of a design which looks like a Widmann, Walsh and Boisselier origin.

Across Farrar Street, at the corner of Natural Bridge, is the bottling department, which is sadly sitting empty, even though it is very well preserved and in good shape.

Schorr-Kolkschneider Brewing Company, Parnell and Natural Bridge Road. Photograph by W.C. Persons, 1935. Breweries. Missouri Historical Society Photographs and Prints Collections. PB 0177. Scan © 2005, Missouri Historical Society.

Hopefully a use can be found for these historic buildings. I so often see historic brewery buildings torn down for a parking lot or a vacant lot, still sitting empty since the mid Twentieth Century.

2 Comments

  1. I can almost hear the bottles from the bottling department clanging around. So cool!

  2. Great post! Intresting why the more prominent building(s) are torn down. I guess bldg maintenance needs/cost would be greater to keep them around. It would be cool if a microbrewery opened up inside the remaining bldg.

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