Benton Park in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Wagon House
Cherokee-Lemp Historic District
The Lemp family built this "Wagon House" in 1895 to house its fleet of delivery wagons and herd of horses that carried Lemp brews to far-flung retailers. A corral for the Percherons — the draft horses used by the Lemp Brewery — covered the east side of the block. These impressive, dappled gray, French-bred horses were a symbol of the brewery.
In 1912, an extension was added to the east end of the Wagon House, covering the corral site. The Wagon House, like the rest of the brewery complex, is a masterpiece of brick construction. The entrance to the Grand Hall of the Wagon House offers a good vantage point to view the great brewery complex on the opposite side of Cherokee Street.
The rounded walls of its six-story tall brick grain elevators, the brick arches over massive doorways and windows, the cornices created by corbelling the brick out from the flat surface of the walls — required temendous skill. These feats of brick work made what could have been a mundane factory for beer into a work of building art.
The Pointer Family restored the third floor of the Wagon House and operates it as
Erected 1999 by NiNi Harris. (Marker Number G.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis, The Cherokee-Lemp History Walk ⚜️ series list.
Location. 38° 35.547′ N, 90° 13.094′ W. Marker is in Benton Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Cherokee Street east of Lemp Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1817 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis MO 63118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. International Shoe (within shouting distance of this marker); 1901 Cherokee (within shouting distance of this marker); The Corner Store (within shouting distance of this marker); 1905 - 09 Cherokee (within shouting distance of this marker); The Simon Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bungalow (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Blacksmith Shop (about 300 feet away); The Lemp Brewery (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benton Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 116 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.