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…

Former Bremen Bank and Breakfast on Broadway

I’ve photographed the former Bremen Bank and its diner neighbor across from Mallinckrodt Chemical on North Broadway at least once before, back in the summer of 2019 (last photo), but I’ve never taken the time to look at them closely. I’ve heard the diner has amazing chili macs. It’s perhaps obvious why there is a…

Warehouse Fire

A terrible fire struck two warehouses just to the west of Produce Row on North Broadway. The two buildings are apparently a total loss. Debris from the northern building fell on the one story bookstore next door on the corner, which is now closed. This first northern building below was constructed around 1911. These blocks…

American Brake Company

North Broadway never fails to continue to fascinate me. Who would think a bunch of old warehouses and factories would have so much history? They do, obviously. Take the old American Brake Company’s buildings, which sit at Tyler Street. The first building built by the revolutionary company, which designed brakes for freight trains, not for…

North Broadway, Near and Far North Riverfront, Summer 2019

North Broadway never ceases to fascinate me. As usual, I refer to it as a street, and also an area. For example, the above and following two photos are on or around Holly Avenue. The image of east of Broadway, if you have one, is usually one of warehouses, factories, or sadly, abandonment. It is…

Coming Soon: Nothing! The Historic Apartments On Branch

Update: Replaced with a vacant lot, which will probably be here for a very, very long time. The only positive thing I can say about the demolition of the beautiful apartment buildingsĀ on Branch Street, cut off from viability in the 1950s by the interstate, is that I thought the small corner building on the end…

The Intersection of Madison and North Second Streets, Revisited

The intersection of 2nd and Madison Streets remains intact, for the time being, with a wealth of beautiful buildings, many of which have been built since the 1909 Sanborn Map below. The Engine Company No. 28 was already there, and has been restored nicely, looking much the same as when I photographed it over a…

The End for the Historic Apartments, Near North Riverfront

Update: The site is now a vacant lot. Many of us had always held out hope for this beautiful series of buildings on Branch Avenue, just on the other side of the interstate from Old North and Hyde Park. But it was not to be, and they are now being demolished, and pretty soon there’ll…

Baden in Winter #15, North Broadway and Christian Avenue

There is a weird mishmash of buildings around the intersection of North Broadway and Christian Avenue, the first street to the west north of the railroad viaduct. Next to small wood frame houses are cool little Modernist storefronts like the one below. Apparently there is a longstanding problem with cars colliding with this building coming…