The Beauty of Dutchtown, 79: The Leona

Randomly, some of the apartment buildings in this area, like this one from 1929, have names. This one’s known as the Leona, as the terracotta states very clearly.

It’s boarded up and vacant right now, and judging from the seafoam great terracotta trim, I suspect the windows once possessed the same color, or perhaps the corn yellow of the wood gables.

The dragons emblazoning the lunette above the windows are a great detail. Interestingly, the Leona is several blocks north of the eponymous street.

The place was condemned at least once back in 2013, and there are a ton of complaints, ranging from loss of water and other maintenance or code violations. Who knows what the future holds.

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.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Cindy Rice says:

    Chris, I’m so glad I found your sight. I can’t make your lecture, but hope to someday in the future. Thank you for what you do. I have lived most of my life, except for 2 years out of state, in South St Louis. I live near Tower Grove Park in the only home I’ve ever owned, for 33 years.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Thank you!

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