The Beauty of Dutchtown, 77: Keokuk Street and South Spring Avenue

Crossing South Spring Avenue, we run into this building built in 1930. It is an unconventional design in that it is J-shaped, embracing the corner in a concave curve facing the intersection.

Mature, if not particularly straight trees have grown up to partially obscure the front façade of the building.

Harold Sneckner, Apartment Building at the Corner of Spring and Keokuk, October 1930, Missouri History Museum, P0403-03885-02-8n

We can see a photo of the complex shortly after its construction in 1930, when it was brand new. Note the small fountain out front.

The building represents a maturing of the style, with the design much more severe and simplified, with less articulation in the exterior.

The use of the tan brick as detailing is also strange.

Later additions such as the security light and vinyl windows mar the front.

I also would like to invite readers out to my free lecture on the history of the Lemp Brewery 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 discussing how these architects shaped the development of brewing architecture in buildings that still stand in South St. Louis over one hundred years or more since their conception. I will also be sharing exclusive historic photographs published in trade journals in the early Twentieth Century, many of which have not been seen for generations, as well as featuring the photography of Jason Gray, who photographed the brewery in 2017. More details can be found here.

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