Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Imbs, Meyer & Fusz

My great-grandfather was born six years before the Alamo. He came to St. Louis in 1860 and founded several businesses. Here is an obit, a profile and a few pix from the archives. He died at age 92 in 1922. It is an interesting part of the family heritage - from buildings & homes torn down when the interstates rolled through to stained glass donated during construction of St. Henry's Church (now gone as well).

Deep roots and echoes of the past are part of our family Christmas celebrations and part of my travels around this storied city.

John Ferdinand Meyer at his desk/office - now that's a desk!

The building above is the one referenced as the 724 Laclede Building - thanks to Michael Allen for the tip! The pic and info are from the city of St. Louis web site.

The firm of Hatch and Miller designed the Merchants Laclede Building in 1889. The building is located at 408 Olive.
The building is of Greek Revival design, with beige granite on the first two floors and soft red sandstone and brick above. Its corner round tower with round glass is an important feature. Inside is white marble. The Newhard-Cook entrance to the building is Egyptian and is probably an addition.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.