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…

Sidney Street Between Lemp Avenue and Salena Street, South Side

Sidney Street was one thoroughfare that has never changed its name over the years, but interestingly, Lemp Avenue, which is just to the right of the buildings above, was once known as Cambria Street. As I’ve mentioned before, in the 1880s, the City of St. Louis standardized street names along their Cartesian coordinates, and since…

Former St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church

Founded in 1891 and closed in 1993, the church of St. Agnes sits on a quiet stretch of Sidney Street at the intersection of Salena. It is currently vacant and has been for a number of years. It was designed by James McNamara, and if one looks closely, we can tell that this church was…

Odds and Ends

When I’m out and about, I sometimes snap pictures of interesting buildings that later expand into larger posts, but other times, I can’t figure out what to do with them. These photos are “outtakes;” buildings that are worth publishing but didn’t grow into anything else. Above, this is an old warehouse complex on Texas Avenue…

Monroe School

Monroe Elementary School is an early design by William B. Ittner from 1898 before the influence of English public (private) schools on his later works. You can see its similarity to Eliot School in Hyde Park. It sits on a dramatic site, most likely predating street grading. The central portal with a Syrian arch and…