Cragwold, January 2022

Oops, I didn’t see that tree branch in the way when I took this photo of Cragwold, Edwin Lemp‘s estate on the bluffs overlooking the Meramec River. The large windows overlooking the valley must have provided stunning views for the reclusive bachelor who took his million dollars and retired from brewing at an early age….

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 faade 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…

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…