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  1. Re Soulard – very few people know there is a very fine gymnasium on the second floor over the market
    including a basketball court shower room and locker room I do not think it can be recognized looking
    from the outside Accessible inside entrance and to the left there is a locked door which leads to steps to the second floor

  2. Ahh, Soulard Market, a St. Louis favorite. This market has such history behind it that I find it strange when someone tells me that they have never been there especially when they tell me they were born and raised here. I have been going since I was a child and will never tire of it. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

  3. I was always curious how Soulard Market came to built of this color brick, so atypical in Saint Louis.

    • I’m talking as a Historical Potter here, so this might be/ IS complete Conjecture. Stoneware clay is generally cream to white/grey. Earthenware clay is generally Red.

      Earthenware fires at a lower temp , so is easier/cheaper. Having Ornamental, not structural bricks of a different color could be a Victorian re-build. But I know nothing of the history of build/re-build of the Market.

      I know it’s the oldest functioning business in the USA. But have no idea how it has changed over time.

      • Definitely not the first market building there today; I believe it’s from the 1920’s. or slightly earlier.

    • Tom, the brick color also was influenced by the building this market is based off of in Florence, Italy, the Foundling Hospital by Filippo Brunelleschi.

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