Stephen Allen Bemis House

Update: The St. Louis Symphony announced the house, more commonly known as the Culver House, would be demolished for a planned expansion of Powell Hall in the spring of 2022. It was demolished as planned in July of 2022.

This amazing survivor in Grand Center, just behind Powell Hall, used to be the home of Portfolio Gallery, but I don’t know what it is being used for now. As you can see below, it was once part of a row of fashionable residences along what was then Morgan Street. Stephen Allen Bemis, the owner of the house, owned a large bag company in St. Louis and was a member of First Baptist Church.

3500-3514 Delmar, c. 1920-1929, Missouri History Museum, N06353

A lot has happened to the house of the last century, and also in the last decade, since I first photographed it. The conical roof is long gone, and also the gables of the roofs and dormers have recently been covered in what looks to be plywood.

The slate roof, however, looks to be in good shape. When I visited one time, the woodwork was still in great condition in the interior.

But I’m concerned about the broken window.

Also, the front porch was intact before, but now has been demolished. Luckily, the ornate cast iron columns and supports are still there. Looking back, I realize it was looking worse for wear.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. ME says:

    All of the old photos you post make me want to jump back in time! It looks like windows were added to the rear wall of Powell Hall at some point over the years.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Yes, probably when Powell Hall was converted to the Symphony, they added the windows when the back of house became offices.

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