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…

Hoppe Family Plot, Bellefontaine Cemetery

I’ve looked at the Feickert Family Plot before, which is right next to the Adam Lemp Family Plot in Bellefontaine Cemetery (they bought them both on the same day, years before their children William and Julia were married). Of course, William J. Lemp Sr. moved his in-laws, Jacob and Elizabeth to his mausoleum, so the…

The Former Lemp Ice Houses and the South Riverfront

I looked at the town of DePue, Illinois, several years ago in an article at St. Louis Magazine, and how the Lemp and Anheuser-Busch breweries brought ice down from the Illinois River to St. Louis. But there is also fairly good evidence of how the ice houses along the river on the South Riverfront looked…

Bellefontaine Cemetery, Winter 2021

I took a look around Bellefontaine Cemetery in early January, when the winter had set in, leaving the grounds in their stark but beautiful appearance for the season. I went back the Saturday in mid-February after the big snow and frigid snow, and checked out the cemetery again, and caught some nice vistas across the…

Maryland Plaza Between Euclid and Kingshighway, North Side

Now known as Maryland Plaza, the stretch of street between Euclid Avenue and Kingshighway was originally just Maryland Avenue. But it was platted with wide setbacks, and fire insurance maps show that it was known as Maryland Place. The apartment building above and below sits far back from Maryland, following the setback rule. But of…

Heny Vahlkamp and St. Matthew’s Cemetery

I recently wrote about the fascinating figure of Henry Vahlkamp, who worked for the Lemps from 1870 into the 1920s, making him one of the longest serving member of the brewery, far longer than every member of the family save William J. Lemp, Sr., whose length of service is a bit cloudy since he arrived…

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…