I’ve written extensively about the Lemp Brewery and its buildings that were constructed from the 1840s through the 1910s, but one structure that I’ve largely ignored are the stables and later garage for the delivery vehicles on the north side of Cherokee Street.
The eastern portion was originally an open air shed that housed wagons, but with the dawn of the automobile, delivery trucks were parked in this area. When International Shoe bought the Lemp Brewery, this area was enclosed with windows.
On the west side were more stables, and up above were hay lofts, where there originally were holes in the floor which allowed for dropping of hay bails down below.
It never functioned as “Lemp’s Grand Hall” when it was owned by the Lemp Brewery.
Interestingly, this property was originally owned by Adam Lemp, and then sold in the large land auction in 1855. Adam was then sued by the buyer for tearing down a fence on the land, allowing fruit trees to be destroyed by roaming livestock in the St. Louis Commons. There was also a gigantic sinkhole that took up a huge portion of the parcels which were platted to face Cherokee Street. Adam’s son William, Sr, would later buy the property back as the Brewery expanded rapidly after the Civil War.