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Merchant Laclede Building

 
 
Merchant Laclede Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2014
1. Merchant Laclede Building Marker
Inscription.
The eight-story Merchant Laclede Building named after the merger of two of its bank tenants, is an early example of St. Louis’ tall fireproof office buildings. Completed in 1889, some of its offices contain fireplaces.

The building was designed for the banks in the area during the 1880s when the St. Louis economy surged. By 1890, St. Louis’ population grew to fifth largest in the nation.

Notice the decorative terra cotta relief panels with varied designs accenting the building. Look closely at one of the panels high above Olive Street for particularly mischievous subject matter.

 
Location. 38° 37.645′ N, 90° 11.281′ W. Marker is in Saint Louis, Missouri, in Independence County. Marker is at the intersection of North 4th Street and Olive Street, on the left when traveling north on North 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 299 North 4th Street, Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Security Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mississippi Valley Trust Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Teenager Samuel Clemens (about 300 feet away, measured
Merchant Laclede Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2014
2. Merchant Laclede Building Marker
The marker is at the far corner of the building.
in a direct line); Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (about 400 feet away); La Rue Missouri (about 600 feet away); Western Reach of the Revolution (about 600 feet away); The Old Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Joseph Pulitzer (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Louis.
 
Also see . . .  Merchants Laclede Building - City Landmark #95. The building is of Greek Revival design, with beige granite on the first two floors and soft red sandstone and brick above. (Submitted on November 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Merchant Laclede Building image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 16, 2014
3. Merchant Laclede Building
Merchant Laclede Building image. Click for full size.
Public Domain, n.d.
4. Merchant Laclede Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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