Portions of the Lemp Brewery date back to the Civil War, when William J. Lemp Sr. began to build his new brewery right in the shadow of a fort that guarded the city, just to the west. The malt kiln’s… Continue Reading
I took a picture of the houses below almost a decade ago. I love to see how Benton Park has changed for the better over the years. Look at how the new trees have blossomed! There are several half-flounders scattered… Continue Reading
I love the variety of housing in Benton Park, primarily built in the years surrounding and after the Civil War. The architecture has many varieties, but Second Empire dominates. This house below is still sitting vacant; I could just a… Continue Reading
Buildings always put their best foot forward on the public side, facing the street. But what if they’re on the corner? It’s interesting to see how builders chose to either leave the side largely unadorned, or lightly decorated. Or look,… Continue Reading
I love this little one story Italianate house with house; it looks like it just went vacant.
This is the original location of St. Matthew’s Evangelisch Church, which was later on Jefferson Avenue. Its front facade is weird, and probably a later reworking.
These Second Empire beauties continue to sit vacant, owned by slumlords “who are doing their best to fix them up–lay off.” Right. Now, the one on the end was struck by arson, and only saved by the bravery of firefighters.… Continue Reading
Romanesque Revival architecture melded with Second Empire details dominates the east side of Illinois Avenue, across from Benton Park. I love the mixing of styles, creating new hybrids.
I really think that Benton Park has some of the best architecture in the city of St. Louis, and its grand Second Empire homes show the beauty of the decades after the Civil War.