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…

Bevo Bottling Plant, Morning Light

The Anheuser-Busch Brewery never ceases to be interesting to me, and on an early Saturday morning, I captured the Bevo Bottling Plant with the sun shining on it. The old shipping office can be seen off to the right, which I’ve also photographed before. I looked at the bottling plant way back in February of…

French Market Area, Revisited

I looked at the French Market area almost a decade ago in February of 2011 when there was a thick coat of ice on the ground in the area south of the elevated lanes of Highway 40 in the area that is known as Frenchtown. It was once a bustling area, anchored by the French…

Dick Brothers Brewery, Quincy, Illinois

The Dick Brothers Brewery is located on York Street in the South Side German Historic District. It is a great example of adaptive reuse of a historic brewery building that has incorporated its underground cellars into a guided tour. The buildings are also a great example of the Rundbogenstil of brewery architecture, which I classify…

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program

Update: I appeared on “St. Louis on the Air” on August 26th to discuss the Lemp Brewery and the Malt Kiln’s collapse. Listen to the broadcast here. The building has been stabilized as of May of 2022. For the first time in a decade, I’m posting an entry outside of my normal 7:00 AM in…

Highland, Illinois and the Schott Brewery

Highland, Illinois is an interesting town, located east of St. Louis in a part of the state that was settled early and Chicago was still a small town. It is around 10,000 people, and sits right on major rail lines and Interstate 70. Settled by Germans originally, there is still a strong influence in the…

Lemp Brewery, Early Summer 2020

Update: The malt kiln partially collapsed in August of 2020. Some of my favorite buildings at the Lemp Brewery, built over a time period of the 1870s through the 1910s, are from left to right above: the malt kiln and house, and the fermenting department. Above and below, the malt kiln was built in two…

Falstaff Brewery No. 10, Revisited July 2020

I came back to photograph the old Falstaff Plant No. 10 the second Saturday of July to see how it was doing. I always enjoy the Lemp and Anheuser-Busch breweries, but I like how the architecture of this plant contrasts so much from those two more famous institutions. I’ve also decided to go ahead and…

Lemp Brewery, Early May, 2020

Jason Gray’s photographs that he took for my series of articles about the Lemp Brewery for St. Louis Magazine are of such higher quality than mine that it almost seems pointless for me to take any more pictures of the massive complex. But I was in the neighborhood recently near sunset, and the temptation was…

Gravois Avenue Between Compton and Minnesota Avenues

In my dreams I have this fantasy where I win the lottery, and among other things, I secretly purchase all the crumby autocentric stores and used-car lots along Gravois east of Grand through straw buyers, and rebuild a pedestrian-friendly urban environment–you know, like what used to be there one hundred years ago. I’m not expecting…