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


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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Photo by Chris Naffziger

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

Jun 7, 2017 8:28 AM History



A 1912 issue of "The Western Brewery" reveals what cutting-edge brewing looked like in early 20th-century America. more

May 31, 2017 8:08 AM History

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

It was constructed under dubious conditions, culling from questionable theories, and it's time for it to go. more

May 24, 2017 8:27 AM History 1 Comments

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Photos by Chris Naffziger

Chris Naffziger explains why the ruins of an old industrial slaughterhouse captured our imaginations—why they still do, long after being demolished. more

May 17, 2017 8:00 AM History

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Photo by Rob Powers

In 2006, Chris Naffziger moved back from Washington, D.C. and started his blog St. Louis Patina. He reflects on some of the more interesting buildings he's seen fall during that decade. more

May 10, 2017 8:00 AM History 1 Comments

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What is perhaps most interesting about St. Louis’s role in the Civil War is just how little evidence is left of it. Here's a list of some of the more interesting sites that remain. more

May 3, 2017 8:42 AM History

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CARY HORTON Missouri Historical Society

Did she really wear all lavender, all the time? The answer isn't as clear-cut as you'd think. more

Apr 26, 2017 8:30 AM History

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Photos by Jason Gray

How he went from King to Saint, and why he's the namesake of our city. more

Apr 19, 2017 7:33 AM Arts 1 Comments

This tiny but important piece of ephemera gives historians a critically important look at how the Lemp Brewery saw itself, and how it wanted to be viewed by the public. more

Apr 12, 2017 9:39 AM History

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

Sister Patricia Hottinger, the last member of a French order that's been in St. Louis for 114 years, is moving to Chicago. But her story reminds us why more people need to devote their lives to helping people in a city that is fraught with injustice. more

Apr 5, 2017 9:32 AM History

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

The tax increase would provide the LRA with the financial tools to stabilize abandoned—but economically viable—buildings. more

Mar 29, 2017 8:30 AM History

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Photograph by Chris Naffziger

Louis, the son of William Lemp Sr. and Julia Feickert, traveled to Germany to learn from the brewing experts. While he was there, he wrote a treatise that incorporated knowledge of the industry's latest advancements. more

Mar 24, 2017 9:47 AM History 1 Comments


Photography by Kevin A. Roberts

Community development director Rachelle L'Ecuyer describes the inner-ring suburb as "The Little Engine That Could." more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM News


Photography courtesy of City Foundry

Smith discusses the vision for the growing area. more

Mar 16, 2017 2:00 AM News

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Photographs by Jason Gray

As Earthbound prepares for its summer opening, its new building continues to give up its secrets. more

Mar 15, 2017 9:05 AM History 3 Comments

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Photograph by Chris Naffziger

Being a leader is never about choosing the winning side; it is about choosing the right side. more

Mar 8, 2017 9:00 AM History

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Photo courtesy of John Cruz

Architecture critic Chris Naffziger finds that for many homeowners, their endings continue to be far from happy. more

Mar 1, 2017 9:00 AM History 1 Comments


Photograph by Emil Boehl, courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Listening to history's silenced voices is crucial if we want to move forward. more

Feb 22, 2017 9:01 AM History 2 Comments

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