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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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

Historic Lemp Brewery

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


Photograph by Chris Naffziger

The wisdom of spending time in wards and neighborhoods that are not our own. more

Feb 15, 2017 8:37 AM History 1 Comments


Photographs by Chris Naffziger

It's a microcosm of our ongoing "tale of two cities." more

Feb 8, 2017 8:54 AM History 2 Comments


Photographs by Chris Naffziger

Many cities, including St. Louis, have drifted when it comes to the official definition of "blight." more

Feb 1, 2017 8:00 AM History 1 Comments


Missouri Historical Society Photographs and Prints Collection. NS 28146. Scan (c) 2004, Missouri Historical Society.

Historians need to remember that their audience is not coming from the standpoint of the wealthy elite; almost no one I know cares what that sixth spoon at the dining table of a wealthy socialite was used for. more

Jan 25, 2017 8:56 AM History


Bi-State Development agency, via Wikimedia Commons

The 10-year-old boy killed this weekend in a hit and run, not to mention the light sentence recently handed down to a driver who killed two pedestrians, is proof that when it comes to the roads, St. Louis has its priorities twisted. more

Jan 18, 2017 8:33 AM History


Photograph by Chris Naffziger

The Central Corridor is already thriving. Why does the city continue pour millions of dollars into it, rather than supporting historic neighborhoods that actually need tax abatements and new development? more

Jan 11, 2017 8:30 AM History 2 Comments

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Images courtesy of Paul Sager, RE/MAX

This amazingly intact historical home takes its name from its builder, a German-American abolitionist named Declaration Independence Neudorf. more

Jan 4, 2017 8:00 AM History


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With just a little bit of copying and pasting, as well as some “find and replace,” substituting “soccer” for “football,” I realized I could practically put together another article today with just the pieces of commentary I had written a year ago. more

Dec 28, 2016 8:00 AM History 2 Comments

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