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 façade 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…

New Power Plant, Lemp Brewery, Fall 2021

They don’t make power plants like this anymore. I wrote an extensive article about the Lemp Brewery’s power plant several years ago, so you can learn about it here. This is another work by Guy Tyler Norton, with extensive collaboration from General Electric. Remember the northeastern exposure would have been blocked by the Second Bottling…

Second Bottling Plant, Lemp Brewery, Fall 2021

I love this building. The Second Bottling Plant at the Lemp Brewery has many interesting facets to it, starting first with its architects. This is the only building on the property that I’ve definitively shown to be designed by the famed St. Louis firm of Widmann, Walsh and Boisselier. For a long time, many other…

DeMenil Place, Early October 2021

Things are changing on DeMenil Place! One of the medical marijuana cultivation licenses was awarded to a company that is renovating the old Cherokee Candy Company building, which sits on hallowed ground for me: the southeast quadrant of Block 52, which was bought from the City of St. Louis by Adam Lemp for $970. With…

Early Survivors, Indiana Avenue, Benton Park

I noticed recently there are some great old survivors, and also some ghosts of the past along the west side of Indiana Avenue in Benton Park. I’ve circled three sites on Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis, and we’ll go left to right, south to north up Indiana Avenue. First up is this horribly crooked…

Sidney Street Between Missouri and Gravois Avenues

The rest of Sidney Street before we reach the intersection of Gravois and South Jefferson is an interesting mix of well-preserved buildings. West of Indiana Avenue, former Adele Street, is mostly parking lots, so we won’t dwell much down there. As can be seen in the photo below, it didn’t use to be that bad….

Sidney Street Between McNair and Missouri Avenues

Heading west from McNair Street looking at the south side of the street, we first see a corner store front, and then a group of houses in a variety of styles. I’m intrigued by the wing in the back in the photo below; I do not know which house it belongs to, but it shows…

Sidney Street Between Salena Street and McNair Avenue

Heading west on Sidney Street looking at the south side, we continue to see more of those “transitional” buildings where the Second Empire is slowly changing over to the Romanesque in the 1880s and 1890s. As can be seen in the details of what is now the famed restaurant Sidney Street Café, the ornament has…