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


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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


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If you're fascinated by our city's rich brewing history, be sure to mark the Lemp Reality Tour on your October calendar as well. more

Oct 11, 2017 9:37 AM Dining


Courtesy of Anheuser-Busch Archives

100 years later, the Bevo Bottling Facility still dominates St. Louis skyline, and is a testament to Busch’s gamble in the face of adversity. more

Oct 4, 2017 9:13 AM Architecture


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As Dante reminds us, refusing to speak up for your beliefs, regardless of one’s opinion on the subject, is inexcusable. Own your actions, or inactions, and accept the consequences. more

Sep 27, 2017 8:41 AM History


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The public was angry about a moral transgression: the failure of medical colleges to bury the bodies they dissected. The productive response should have been ethical reform, not aggression. more

Sep 20, 2017 8:44 AM History

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And why does the Washington Post seem more concerned about the situation than we do? more

Sep 13, 2017 9:12 AM Architecture

One thing's for certain: his grown children didn't like her much. more

Sep 7, 2017 9:13 AM Profiles

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Why are there so many non-Lemps buried in the Lemp family plot in Bellefontaine? That's an interesting question. But the greater mystery is how one family member ended up in the indigent section at Calvary. more

Aug 30, 2017 8:59 AM Profiles

There are plenty of sensational myths about the Lemps in St. Louis, including ones about the caves running underneath the brewery. more

Aug 23, 2017 9:22 AM History

Lemp's brewery burned down before a photo could be taken, but a dig through the archives offers some clues about what it looked like, and how it functioned. more

Aug 16, 2017 8:45 AM History

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Courtesy of Stephen Walker

In part two of our series on the history of the Lemp Brewing empire, a look at Adam Lemp's riverfront brewery, which was demolished to make way for the Arch grounds. more

Aug 9, 2017 8:52 AM History


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Lemp was one of the most influential St. Louisans ever—but we don't know much about him. As it turns out, he's much more interesting and complex than we thought. more

Aug 2, 2017 8:47 AM Profiles 2 Comments

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It wasn't always war and revolution that brought German immigrants to American shores. more

Jul 26, 2017 8:00 AM History


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Fortunately, the vandals were caught, but their admissions of guilt could do little to upright 100 toppled pieces of granite and limestone. more

Jul 19, 2017 8:45 AM History


Photo by Megan Cox, @ChariotPhotography, courtesy of Fourth City Films

Fourth City Film's upcoming documentary on Elsa Lemp hints that she may not have committed suicide—but was murdered. more

Jul 14, 2017 10:17 AM Profiles

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While Anheuser-Busch may no longer own the Cardinals, the legacy of Gussie Busch’s gift to the people of St. Louis continues to live on. more

Jul 5, 2017 8:30 AM Culture


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Much of the firm’s business today consists of restoring their ancestors’ works. more

Jun 28, 2017 8:33 AM Architecture 1 Comments


Photo by Thomas Easterly, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

There's been much talk recently about the importance of preserving history in this city, however shameful the physical reminder. If that's really the case, I've got these to propose. more

Jun 21, 2017 9:53 AM History

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Courtesy of David Mullgardt

Annie Lemp Konta, daughter of William J. Lemp Sr., argued on behalf of both beer and Germany in her 1915 pamphlet, "A Plea for Moderation: Based Upon Observations of an American Woman in a Belligerent Country." more

Jun 14, 2017 8:30 AM History

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Ruskey also oversees Rivergator, an online canoeing guide to the lower Mississippi. more

Jun 7, 2017 8:28 AM History