Update: Unfortunately, the decision was finally made to deconstruct the eastern upper three stories for safety and structural reasons in 2023.
The historic malt kilns at the Lemp Brewery have been stabilized after the unfortunate collapse of the western third (spare me your armchair engineering expertise–unless you have an actual B.S. or advanced degree in structural engineering, I don’t care), and as far as I know, the City of St. Louis will not order the demolition of the rest of the building.
The malt kilns were built in two building campaigns: in the 1870s, when there were three, three story kilns built, and then in the late 1880s when the two outer kilns were expanded to six stories and the central kiln was converted into service areas for the flanking ones.
The lower three stories constitute some of the oldest brewing fabric in the City of St. Louis above ground. The cellars under the brew house are older, from the 1860s, but the brew house replaced in the 1880s.
It must have been quite the sight when they were operational, with giant perforated steel racks on the different floors, where the malt was dried out and giant fires at the base. The steel smokestacks were removed long ago.
I do miss being able to walk along the base of the malt kilns and feel the cold air coming up out of the grates from the lagering cellars down below.