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Combining new technology and capital, the firm of Adler and Sullivan revolutionized architecture in the years between two great commissions: Chicago’s 1889 Auditorium Building and St. Louis’s 1891 Wainwright Building. more

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Photos by Chris Naffziger

After spending two weeks in Italy and seeing tangible improvements in big cities, Chris Naffziger reflects on how St. Louis might do better. more

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Photo by Emil Bohl, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Antique photos of the tower's construction will now grace the walls alongside the winding staircase—one project among many that's making the tower, and Reservoir Park, one of the city's jewels. more

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When in Rome, forget the selfie stick—and the Trevi Fountain. Check out these sites instead. more

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

Look for that influence, and you'll see it everywhere: at the library, the Art Museum, and even the St. Louis Civic Center. more

Architecture

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Photograph by George Stark, Courtesy of Missouri History Museum

I am normally not a fan of “sentimental” history, but sometimes there are very special places that have been lost, and need to be remembered. more

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Chris Naffziger tracks the use of that oft-trotted-out word as a descriptor for civic projects. more

History

The LRA lot that the gardeners are using has been acquired by an architect who plans to build his "dream home" on the site. more

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

Walking the halls of what had once been one of the most successful shopping centers in the region is, today, a walk through a depressing spectacle. But the site could also offer hope for the future. more

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

It's proof that vibrant neighborhoods spring from community, hard work, and a shared sense of purpose—not tax incentives. more

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Talking to Christopher Alan Gordon, director of the library and collections at the Missouri History Museum, about his brand-new book, "Fire, Pestilence, and Death: St. Louis, 1849." more

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

Because traffic at Shenandoah and Compton is a nightmare, for one thing. more

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Image by Ernesto Pacheco, Design Visualization Lead, Cannon Design

Chris Naffziger wraps up his monthlong series on the Lemp Brewery with a look at how, in the late 19th century, it led the charge into brewing as we know it. more

Architecture

While other breweries of the era added on haphazardly, the Lemp Brewery looked like it been built with an overall master plan. more

Architecture

"Malt House" sounds humble—it was anything but. more

Architecture

That humble building that William J. Lemp built during the waning years of the Civil War exists now only exists in engravings, written description—and underground, in its legendary cellars. more

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Photo by Virginia Harold

His beautiful, St. Louis-shot feature, "The Makings of You," will likely be released this year—and that's just one project of many. more

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Throughout January, Chris Naffziger will shed new light on the Lemp Brewery, accompanied by Jason Gray’s stunning photography of corners of the brewery complex that have never been seen by the public. more

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On front steps and façades, on decorative terra cotta and through stained glass windows, the mighty manufacturing power of historic St. Louis endures. more

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Photos by Chris Naffziger

There is a whole other neighborhood hiding down alleys in Hyde Park, and a whole other street life. more

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St. Louis is facing two enormous challenges—quality of life and a shrinking tax base—that will likely become a crisis in the coming years. And it's a crisis that's been years in the making. more

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