Krey Packing, Revisited, Late April 2019

I went back to capture some more images of the Krey Meat Packing Plant, which dominated the skyline of Hyde Park for generations. It is still being used for automobile part recycling, so it is not abandoned. Its smokestacks have been dismantled to right above the roof level, but they would have once towered over…

Krey’s Packing Plant from the Northeast

I normally look at the Krey plant from the west, along N. Florissant, or even further west. The back lot is where scrap metal is dropped off to be recycled. You can see the twin truncated smokestacks in the background. A fascinating structure, with a conglomeration of older buildings combined together.

Krey Packing Plant

I have always viewed the old Krey Packing Plant from along North Florissant, and while it’s impressive from that angle, the real way to view its massive proportions is from one block to the west. Its truncated smokestack stands on the right; the plant shows us that not all of the big players in the…

Krey’s Packing Plant, Hyde Park

Not all meat packing and processing occurred across the river in National City; Hyde Park was known as a packing district well into the 1970’s, when Krey’s closed in 1978. The building has really fallen on hard times; it is now some sort of scrapping company. Still, interesting glazed terracotta elements still show off their…

N. 25th Street, Hyde Park, Part #1

Heading south on N. 25th Street, there is a wide variety of interesting houses from the mid to late 19th Century on the east side of the street. I love the flounder house (yes, it’s technically a type of flounder), carefully restored and inhabited. While Krey is famous in Hyde Park, there were other smaller…

Hyde Park in the Morning Light #33, The West Side of the Park, Revisited

The houses on the west side of the park vary in condition, from about ready to collapse to meticulously maintained. These are some of the oldest houses in the neighborhood, but they have been rehabbed and will still be around for much longer. Krey’s Packing Company still advertises itself in white terracotta a block over….

North Side of the 2100 Block of Bremen

The houses across the street from the Krey Packing Plant are largely abandoned now, unfortunately. Though, some buildings are still occupied, such as the one in the middle, next door to this storefront church. One wonders about the future of such beautiful but massive buildings.

North Riverfront, Revisited Again

The North Riverfront remains a fascinating, historic place. But I often find myself stymied by closed streets (though not as bad as on the South Riverfront), and superblocks that formed over the years. Also, sometimes street names change, as well. But I was lucky to discover that there was once a giant stockyards on the…

Irving School, Hyde Park

Irving School has been renovated into apartments, which are well-maintained and occupied. After the demolition of Hodgen School last year (note the similarity in architectural style), this leaves Irving School as easily one of the oldest school buildings left in St. Louis. While I love Ittner-Milligen schools, it’s still cool that a vestige of educational…

Onions Market, Hyde Park

Every vacant lot in the city of St. Louis has a story behind it; in fact it probably has dozens of stories. Take the southeast corner of Penrose and Blair; the empty lot, now filled with Schoemehl Pots that were extended from the street into the lot when the building on the lot was demolished,…