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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As the trees come crashing down to make way for the "NorthSide Regeneration ER Hospital," it's appropriate to stop and consider the site, and what's being erased. more

Dec 6, 2017 9:07 AM History

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The building is currently being converted into a community center by Novation Church; a car crashed into the building on Thanksgiving, putting the rehab way behind schedule. But St. Louis is stepping up to help. more

Nov 29, 2017 9:00 AM Architecture 1 Comments

How should we judge a work of art? more

Nov 22, 2017 2:30 PM History


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The Missouri History Museum's thoughtful, careful renovation of this building is a study in how to do things right. more

Nov 15, 2017 8:50 AM Architecture

CAIRN, the Cave Archaeology Investigation & Research Network, is a nearly decade-old group dedicated to exploring Missouri's caves. more

Nov 8, 2017 9:25 AM History

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No, I’m not talking about the infamously insufferable social media website, I’m talking about the increasing chasms inside some of our most diverse neighborhoods. more

Nov 1, 2017 8:30 AM History


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Now that the interstate highway system has passed into the historic category, what should the judgment of history be? more

Oct 25, 2017 8:57 AM Architecture


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Norbert Loebs, the great-grandson of George Loebs, has been researching his ancestor’s brewery for 15 years. more

Oct 18, 2017 9:02 AM Dining 1 Comments


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If you're fascinated by our city's rich brewing history, be sure to mark the Lemp Reality Tour on your October calendar as well. more

Oct 11, 2017 9:37 AM Dining


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100 years later, the Bevo Bottling Facility still dominates St. Louis skyline, and is a testament to Busch’s gamble in the face of adversity. more

Oct 4, 2017 9:13 AM Architecture


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As Dante reminds us, refusing to speak up for your beliefs, regardless of one’s opinion on the subject, is inexcusable. Own your actions, or inactions, and accept the consequences. more

Sep 27, 2017 8:41 AM History


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The public was angry about a moral transgression: the failure of medical colleges to bury the bodies they dissected. The productive response should have been ethical reform, not aggression. more

Sep 20, 2017 8:44 AM History

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And why does the Washington Post seem more concerned about the situation than we do? more

Sep 13, 2017 9:12 AM Architecture

One thing's for certain: his grown children didn't like her much. more

Sep 7, 2017 9:13 AM Profiles

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Why are there so many non-Lemps buried in the Lemp family plot in Bellefontaine? That's an interesting question. But the greater mystery is how one family member ended up in the indigent section at Calvary. more

Aug 30, 2017 8:59 AM Profiles

There are plenty of sensational myths about the Lemps in St. Louis, including ones about the caves running underneath the brewery. more

Aug 23, 2017 9:22 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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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


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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 Profiles 2 Comments

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

Jul 26, 2017 8:00 AM History