Chris Naffziger

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

Jan 7, 2015 9:00 AM History


Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

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

Feb 12, 2018 3:12 PM History

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

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

Feb 7, 2018 9:23 AM History 15 Comments

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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

Jan 31, 2018 10:48 AM Architecture

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

Jan 24, 2018 9:09 AM Architecture

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

Jan 17, 2018 9:09 AM 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

Jan 10, 2018 9:10 AM Architecture

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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

Jan 8, 2018 3:16 PM Culture 2 Comments

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

Jan 5, 2018 9:45 AM Architecture


Photography by Alise O’Brien

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

Dec 21, 2017 4:00 AM Home


Photos by Chris Naffziger

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

Dec 20, 2017 8:05 AM Architecture


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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

Dec 13, 2017 9:03 AM History 1 Comments


Courtesy of Chris Naffziger

Workers traveled from afar to complete the intricate designs of the temple’s façade. more

Dec 13, 2017 6:00 AM Home

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

As the trees come crashing down to make way for the "NorthSide Regeneration ER Hospital," it's appropriate to stop and consider the site, and what's being erased. more

Dec 6, 2017 9:07 AM History

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

The building is currently being converted into a community center by Novation Church; a car crashed into the building on Thanksgiving, putting the rehab way behind schedule. But St. Louis is stepping up to help. more

Nov 29, 2017 9:00 AM Architecture 2 Comments

How should we judge a work of art? more

Nov 22, 2017 2:30 PM History


Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum's thoughtful, careful renovation of this building is a study in how to do things right. more

Nov 15, 2017 8:50 AM Architecture

CAIRN, the Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network, is a nearly decade-old group dedicated to exploring Missouri's caves. more

Nov 8, 2017 9:25 AM History

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

No, I’m not talking about the infamously insufferable social media website, I’m talking about the increasing chasms inside some of our most diverse neighborhoods. more

Nov 1, 2017 8:30 AM History


Photo by Chris Naffziger

Now that the interstate highway system has passed into the historic category, what should the judgment of history be? more

Oct 25, 2017 8:57 AM Architecture


Photo by Chris Naffziger

Norbert Loebs, the great-grandson of George Loebs, has been researching his ancestor’s brewery for 15 years. more

Oct 18, 2017 9:02 AM Dining 1 Comments