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  1. CfR says:

    I’ve often wondered how many other major, massive-scale factories are built as ornate and beautiful as this. It’s almost as if they had gone out of their way to make it look the way it does. This can’t be anomaly, is there anything like it elsewhere?

    1. samizdat says:

      My travels here in the STL and elsewhere suggest that the aesthetic appeal of a company’s manufacturing and warehousing facilities were of great importance to industry, up until the 1920’s or so. They were seen as advertisement, and may have suggested a kind of permanence which is not only out of fashion today, but which would likely be seen as an extravagant waste of “shareholder value”.

      So, yes, perhaps industrial buildings were not quite as ornate as breweries, but care was indeed taken in their design and construction.

  2. Yojimbo says:

    Cool related new post on Distilled History:

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  3. samizdat says:

    I really love how the breweries here took regional materials–sandstone, limestone, Missouri red granite, brick, terra cotta–and incorporated them into their stock, in sometimes generous proportions.

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