The Beauty of Dutchtown, 76: 3747-55 Keokuk Street

One of the earliest of the apartment buildings in the area, having been constructed in 1928, the complex at 3747-55 Keokuk shows a more simple design, with two arms built facing their respective streets, almost like the architects were still getting their feet wet.

Sievers Studio, Apartment Building at 3747-51-55 Keokuk, July 18, 1944, Missouri History Museum, P0403-12902-01-8a

Over a decade later, the Sievers Studio captured the complex, its street trees still relatively small.

Today, the simple Tudor Revival complex is in good condition, having lost its front doors but still possessing some of its original details.

The shield medallions are a common theme, and I see them used throughout the city.

I also would like to invite readers out to my free lecture on the history of the Lemp Brewery at 11:00 AM, September 20, 2022 at the Missouri History Museum. Its architecture was born out of the designs of highly influential architects Edmund Jungenfeld; Theodore Krausch; Widman, Walsh and Boisselier; and Guy Tyler Norton. I will be discussing how these architects shaped the development of brewing architecture in buildings that still stand in South St. Louis over one hundred years or more since their conception. I will also be sharing exclusive historic photographs published in trade journals in the early Twentieth Century, many of which have not been seen for generations, as well as featuring the photography of Jason Gray, who photographed the brewery in 2017. More details can be found here.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. ROBERT FOOTE says:


    Any chance that your presentation will be video taped? We will unfortunately not be able to attend, but would very much like to be see the lecture.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      I believe it will be.

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