Category Archives: Brecht Butcher Buildings

Losing It

by Michael R. Allen My goodness, I hate passing the corner of Cass and Florissant and seeing a strange mess of masonry rubble where before the Brecht Butcher Supply Company buildings stood. It’s getting harder to know when I’m back … Continue reading

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Destruction of the North Side Continues

The Brecht Butcher Supply Company Buildings on February 26.

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Watching the Brecht Demolition

by Michael R. Allen Every morning comes one of the many internal negotiations of the day: Do I pass by the Brecht Butcher Supply Company buildings on my way to work? I have a few choices for routes to work, … Continue reading

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Brecht Butcher Supply Buildings Under Demolition; Permit Altered

by Michael R. Allen Two weeks ago, the A.G. Mack Contracting Company began wrecking the Brecht Butcher Supply Company Buildings at the northeast corner of Cass and Florissant avenues in Old North St. Louis. The historic buildings, owned by Blairmont … Continue reading

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Eulogy for the Brecht

by Barbara Manzara Friends of the City, northsiders, lend me your ears; I come to query Blairmont, not to blame them. The buildings that men burn live after them; The truth is oft interred with their rubble; So has it … Continue reading

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Examples of Buildings Stabilized After Collapse

Other industrial buildings in St. Louis and elsewhere have been stabilized and rehabilitated after sustaining damage as sever or worse that that sustained by the 1897 addition to the Brecht Butcher Supply Company building. These photos here show conditions at … Continue reading

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Brecht Butcher Supply Company Buildings: Post-Fire Interior Photographic Evidence

by Michael R. Allen These photographs date to December 9, 2006 and show the post-fire conditions of the interiors and rooftops of the sections of the Brecht buildings built in 1890 and 1897. Since the section built in 1900 is … Continue reading

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Our City

by Michael R. Allen Such architectural beauty and refined historic masonry as found in St. Louis is not easy to find in other American cities. We who dwell here in the city are surrounded by wonderful sights free for the … Continue reading

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Demolition Permit Issued for Brecht Butcher Supply Buildings

by Michael R. Allen On October 31, the city issued an emergency demolition permit for the burned part of the Brecht Butcher Supply Company Buildings. The contract supposedly has been let to Bellon Wrecking. Oddly enough, the burned section has … Continue reading

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Terra Cotta on the Move

by Michael R. Allen According to a neighbor, a missing piece of the terra cotta cornice of the Brecht Butcher Supply Company buildings now resides in front of the firehouse at the northwest corner of Blair and Salisbury in Hyde … Continue reading

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