End of Summer Odds and Ends

I first would like to invite readers out to my free lecture on the history of the Lemp Brewery tomorrow, at 11:00 AM, September 20, 2022 at the Missouri History Museum. Its architecture was born out of the designs of highly influential architects Edmund Jungenfeld; Theodore Krausch; Widman, Walsh and Boisselier; and Guy Tyler Norton. I will be…

The Beauty of Dutchtown 86: Ray Avenue

Constructed in 1929 on the one block stretch of Ray Avenue, hemmed in on the sides by Meramec and Keokuk streets, this building is actually shaped like the letter C. It is perhaps one of the most simple, and while the ornament still uses precast terracotta heraldry, it is sparse. The two flanking spires sort…

The Beauty of Dutchtown 84: The AnnaLou Apartments

The AnnaLou, with its big bold orange brick, jumped out at me on Giles Avenue just south of the large Tudor Revival complex on Alberta Avenue. Built in 1929, it also has a cool garage in back. I love the rich, dark orange that is used to set off the doors and windows, making it…

The Beauty of Dutchtown, 82: Northeast Corner of Gustine and Dunnica Avenues

Across Gustine, this building from 1931 seems to blend elements of the Tudor Revival with Art-Deco, which is logical from its later date of construction. Rectilinear panels with geometric patterns sits side by side with heraldic shields. And the design shows a sensitivity to both Gustine Avenue, a major boulevard street to the west, and…

The Beauty of Dutchtown, 81: 3841-47 Gustine Avenue

North of the Leona, this building from 1930 gives off a more rustic appearance, but likewise shares its southern neighbor’s abandoned state. It also retains elements of mass produced terracotta elements arranged in original ways along the pediment. Overall, as the new decade began, the design was more austere and plain. I also would like…

The Beauty of Dutchtown, 78: 4329 South Grand Boulevard

Constructed in 1930, this building sits on the busy South Grand Boulevard edge of the neighborhood. A boring front door sadly mars the façade. Many people are now labeling that font as “gentrification font,” but that is not happening around here. I also would like to invite readers out to my free lecture on the…

The Beauty of Dutchtown, 76: 3747-55 Keokuk Street

One of the earliest of the apartment buildings in the area, having been constructed in 1928, the complex at 3747-55 Keokuk shows a more simple design, with two arms built facing their respective streets, almost like the architects were still getting their feet wet. Over a decade later, the Sievers Studio captured the complex, its…

The Beauty of Dutchtown, 73: 3747 Dunnica Avenue

Built in 1931, this apartment building on the northwest corner of Dunnica and South Spring avenues is one of those buildings that defies easy description. It is an eclectic mix of styles, but it also has a certain Spanish feel to it. This is one of those buildings that I feel shows the influence of…