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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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Courtesy of Big Muddy Dance Company

Big Muddy Dance Company's performance is inspired by the Lemp Mansion's ghost tours. more

Performing Arts

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Courtesy of Landmarks Association of St. Louis

You've heard of William Ittner, but what about the magnificent school buildings that even predated his? more

Architecture

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Courtesy of the Missouri Historical Society

Here's an insider peek at what makes this museum so extraordinary. more

Architecture

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

In the primacy of even numbers, the femininity of the Ionic column, the placement of our cemeteries, and countless other details, we pay secret homage to the Romans. more

Architecture

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Courtesy of Soldiers Memorial Military Museum

After a two-year, $30 million renovation funded by anonymous donors, the museum will open with a new exhibition "St. Louis in Service." more

Architecture

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Courtesy of the Anheuser-Busch archives

From cork to bottlecaps and Budweiser to Soulard Strawberry Wheat, those bottles tell a story of more than a beverage. more

Architecture

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

If the causes of abandonment aren’t addressed, the city will see more and more empty buildings. more

Architecture

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Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Few of us know the revealing history of our 19th-century African-American high schools. more

Architecture

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Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Influenced by Renaissance Italy, George Ingham Barnett designed Henry Shaw’s Italianate villa, St. Vincent de Paul Church, the Grand Water Tower… more

Architecture

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

Yeah, we’ve got Link and Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright—but we’ve also got bungalows and gingerbread, and we’re the better for it. more

Architecture

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Courtesy of Stephen Walker

How a steamboat captain brought ice to the Lemp Brewery from DePue, Illinois more

History

The city’s property-information website is a great place to start—but uncovering the rest of the picture can require a bit more digging. more

Architecture

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Aging infrastructure isn't the only culprit for the sinking and subsidence around the city. more

History

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Courtesy of Missouri History Museum

Who's in the portraits given to the Missouri History Museum—a rival wife? A courtesy son? 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