The Beauty of Dutchtown, 80: The Elm Tree Apartments

A smaller version of the giant apartments at Alberta and Giles, the U-shaped building built in 1931 now christened by a 1970s-era sign as The Elm Tree Apartments rounds out a row of complexes on Keokuk Street.

Including two J-shaped halves linked by a Tudor Revival arch in the middle and plenty of half-timber jerkinhead roofs, it is again simpler than its larger cousin.

The rusticated stone is more simple here, and brickwork has taken over here for lintels, as well as finished ashlar over doorways.

The ends of the wings are more ornate, befitting their more public face, and have bay windows in the stairhalls.

But interestingly, unlike others, the public side to the east is relatively unadorned, like it was designed not for a corner but for the middle of the block.

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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