Old Courtney Shoe Company, Then St. Louis Braid Company

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Why I love this city; look at this warehouse. It was once a shoe company, then a “braid” company, and I could swear that ghost sign says something else as well. It sits waiting (at least) a fourth occupant.

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The building behind it, facing Delmar, was once the August Gast Bank Note and Lithographing Company. Such great names!

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood says:

    The braid company may still be around, but perhaps at a different location, despite its website: http://www.stlouisbraid.com/
    The building is being developed into apartments, however: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2015/07/22/downtown-buildings-to-get-86-apartments-in-14.html
    Also: http://nextstl.com/2014/02/57-unit-intrada-lofts-planned-downtown-west/

  2. Dee Ketchmark says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your photographs. I love the old brick and limestone buildings. I lived by the old Wolf Tober Shoe company on 25th and Hebert. The building is now gone. It was only three floors but the birck and limestone was the same. I used to sit by the ground floor windows and watch the women sew shoes. This was sometime around 1948.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Dee, thanks for writing. Perhaps you know (or maybe don’t want to know), that I covered the destruction of your block a couple of years ago.


  3. Eddie in NorCal says:

    St. Louis Braid Company is indeed still around, the Company is owned and managed by the Golterman family.

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