South Broadway Houses, Revisited

I realized it had been a while since I had photographed these very old houses facing South Broadway just south of the Lemp Brewery. The house on the left above has been reoccupied, thankfully. While the old tavern in the middle still seems to be in operation. Sadly, thee building on the northern end suffered…

Rehabbing and Rising Property Values, Benton Park

It’s interesting to see how property values have risen to such a level in some neighborhoods such as Benton Park and many parts of South St. Louis that even once extremely dilapidated houses are now highly valuable. I checked back in one some houses in that neighborhood and saw some dramatic changes. The old wood…

Malt Kilns, Lemp Brewery

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…

New Stock House, Lemp Brewery

I wrote about the New Stock House at the Lemp Brewery at St. Louis Magazine a few years ago, but I realized I had never really taken any pictures of it in the morning light, which I did recently. It was one of the last and most modern buildings built at the brewery, and was…

Odds and Ends from the Winter of 2022

Occasionally I build up some photos that don’t really go with anything else, and I present them to you here. Above is a nice house on Lemp Avenue across from the brewery that is now an AirBnB. For the longest time, it was a band practice space. Moving across the old St. Louis Commons to…

South Eighteenth Street, Adam Lemp’s Addition

South Eighteenth Street between Utah and Cherokee streets, is an historical and important block in the story of the Lemps. Adam Lemp originally owned all of the land on either side of the street, which was originally Lux Street, and then Second Carondelet for a little while (that street name is more famous for being…

In the Footsteps of Lillian Handlan Lemp

Many readers are no doubt familiar with Lillian Handlan, who would marry William Lemp, Jr., the heir to the Lemp Brewery. Later, their acrimonious divorce would make headlines around the country. But she also lived in many places around St. Louis, and I’ve identified several places she called home. There may be more, but for…

Lemp Avenue Between Cherokee and Utah Streets, West Side

Heading north up Lemp Avenue from Cherokee Street, we see a wide variety of houses and uses. There are houses that date back to the 1860s and later. Different setbacks reflect different attitudes about the definition of the front and back yard throughout the decades. And as the neighborhood became dense, machine shops and light…

Old Lagering House, Lemp Brewery, Fall 2021

The old Fermenting or Lagering House is probably my favorite building at the Lemp Brewery, with its three original floors above ground, and the same depth below ground as it is tall. There are two ugly additional floors added by the International Shoe Company, as well as rectangular windows punched in the fašade of the…

Ice Plant, Lemp Brewery, Fall 2021

While these twin buildings are prominent along South Broadway, their role in generating ice for the boxcars that took Lemp Beer around the world is less well known. I wrote about them at the end of this article back in January of 2019. Imagine, over one hundred years ago, railcars coming out of the massive…