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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. Read more

History

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress

A look at the designer’s life, his genius, and the perils of trying to copy him. Read more

Architecture

A hand-colored lithograph of the St. Louis Levee around 1840 by J.C. Wild

Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

A German immigrant's reminiscences reveal a St. Louis none of us knew. Read more

Architecture

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress

And which city-county arguments still hold water? Read more

History

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Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Young girls for sale, “free from vice”; men tracked by bloodhounds, their lungs poisoned by tobacco smoke as punishment… The historical record tells painful stories. Read more

History

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

The architecture's a historic mix, though much of it's been abandoned or vandalized--and the water towers stand guard, and the Pink Sisters pray. Read more

Architecture

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via Flickr/Dimitrio Lewis

Anna Rethwilm was charged in 1909 with practicing medicine without a license in her Forest Park Avenue mansion. Read more

Architecture

The first known victim of AIDS was an African-American boy in St. Louis. That was 1969, and we haven’t come as far as we think. Read more

Architecture

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Photo by Harry

Three Europeans who taught us how to break the rules of Neoclassicism Read more

Architecture

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Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

A time-honored way to cheer yourself up Read more

Architecture

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Courtesy of Dan Arbet

A collector lent us a rare glimpse of St. Louis’ architectural history. Read more

Architecture

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Courtesy of Stephen Walker

How the king of refrigeration helped design the Lemp empire--and a German brewmaster kept their quaff nutritious Read more

Architecture

Contrary to popular assumption, it was likely Theodore Krausch—the man who revolutionized the way Americans consume beer. And cheese. And anything else that needs to be kept cold. Read more

Architecture

Most Holy Name of Jesus

Photo by Chris Naffziger

Its Boer architect took notes abroad before he teamed up with a respected Catholic architect here in St. Louis. Read more

Architecture

Library of St. Mark

Photo by Wolfgang Moder, Wikimedia Creative Commons

Two architects an ocean away who shaped the mansions of Compton Heights and the Central West End Read more

Architecture

The backstory shows is how naïve optimism and misguided highway plans emptied Downtown West. Read more

Architecture

Built in 1879, this building now contains beer's future. Read more

Architecture

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Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

The architects stretched the base of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus to towering heights, keeping the Ionic colonnade and Egyptian Revival stepped pyramid. Read more

Architecture

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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. Read 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? Read more

Architecture