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

Lemp's brewery burned down before a photo could be taken, but a dig through the archives offers some clues about what it looked like, and how it functioned. more

Aug 16, 2017 8:45 AM History

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Courtesy of Stephen Walker

In part two of our series on the history of the Lemp Brewing empire, a look at Adam Lemp's riverfront brewery, which was demolished to make way for the Arch grounds. more

Aug 9, 2017 8:52 AM History


Courtesy of the Missouri History Museum

Lemp was one of the most influential St. Louisans ever—but we don't know much about him. As it turns out, he's much more interesting and complex than we thought. more

Aug 2, 2017 8:47 AM History 2 Comments

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Photo by Chris Naffziger

It wasn't always war and revolution that brought German immigrants to American shores. more

Jul 26, 2017 8:00 AM History


Photos by Chris Naffziger

Fortunately, the vandals were caught, but their admissions of guilt could do little to upright 100 toppled pieces of granite and limestone. more

Jul 19, 2017 8:45 AM History


Photo by Megan Cox, @ChariotPhotography, courtesy of Fourth City Films

Fourth City Film's upcoming documentary on Elsa Lemp hints that she may not have committed suicide—but was murdered. more

Jul 14, 2017 10:17 AM History

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Courtesy of the Anheuser-Busch Archives

While Anheuser-Busch may no longer own the Cardinals, the legacy of Gussie Busch’s gift to the people of St. Louis continues to live on. more

Jul 5, 2017 8:30 AM Arts


Courtesy of Emil Frei and Associates

Much of the firm’s business today consists of restoring their ancestors’ works. more

Jun 28, 2017 8:33 AM History 1 Comments


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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