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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

History

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Photography by Chris Naffziger

Many of the buildings that once held the city's manufacturing-based economy have been demolished. Consequently, what's left is all the more precious. more

Architecture

I thought it would be interesting, for the Fourth of July holiday, to look at some of the African Americans who once walked the streets where the Gateway Arch is now. more

History

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Photos by Chris Naffziger

When out of town visitors from the East Coast or even Europe contact me wanting the “Chris Naffziger Tour” of the city, I always take them to this church. They all have the same reaction: what is wrong with St. Louis? I tell them, I wish knew. more

Architecture

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

After years of being hit by cars and languishing in windswept triangle of land, the old memorial is going into storage; it will be replaced by a new monument in Jones Park. more

History

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Photos by Chris Naffziger

When I lament the loss of homes in North St. Louis, I do so because they are tangible reminders of the people who are now gone. more

Architecture

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

Jeff and Randy Vines, city boosters and purveyors of STL-centric T-shirts, are celebrating their 40th birthday by adding one of the Fishbones' iconic murals to the wall of their building. more

Architecture

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Photo courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Though he rose to the task of helping to run the family brewery, his interests ran more along the lines of horsemanship, boxing, and cockfighting. more

Profiles

His newest book, "Stalking Horse," is a a roman à clef reminiscent of Richard Wright and Voltaire. more

History

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Courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society

In honor of Memorial Day, we talked to curator Patrick Allie, Military and Arms Curator at the Missouri History Museum, who showed us a handful of fascinating objects that will be part of the collection when the building reopens on Veterans' Day. more

History

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Last Friday's aldermanic meeting, where ward reduction was on the table, was one of the most toxic in recent memory. Here's a look back at how the wards evolved, and how that can shed light on the current discussion. more

History

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Photo by Jeff Phillips

Making easily disproven excuses (square mileage of city, population, interstate highway disruption) to deflect blame away from bad judgment will not fix structural problems in St. Louis. more

History

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Photos by Chris Naffziger

Downtowns thrive when we pay attention to each city's specific, unique qualities—and ignore flash-in-the-pan trends like pedestrian malls. more

Architecture

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

Clayton is a good example of a successful, thriving downtown area that really shouldn’t be successful, according to logical, common sense criteria. more

Architecture

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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

Architecture

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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

Architecture

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via Wikimedia Commons

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

Architecture

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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

Architecture

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Illustration by Camille N. Dry, via Wikimedia

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

Architecture