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Lambert Building
aka T.M. Sayman Products Company
2101 Locust Street
Architects: original, uncertain; addition by Samuel Sherer
1891, addition 1902

Built in two harmonious sections a decade apart, the Lambert Building is a fine example of Richardsonian Romanesque. Its massive red sandstone facade makes it a powerful presence.

The original occupants were the developers of Listerine mouthwash. In 1938, the Lambert Company moved out, and another drug company, Sayman Products, moved in, carving their name over the entryway where it remains today.

Sayman moved out in 1975 and was replaced by the Singer Fixture Company. The move marked a period of decline for the building and the neighborhood (and cities in general.) The decline was hastened by an enormous fire in 1976 which destroyed several large buildings across the street, and damaged this one. The ground-level arches of the entryway can be seen in the 1981 film Escape from New York, posing as part of a post-apocolyptic New York City. It has since been renovated as office space, housing a variety of companies.

  • Lambert Building at the National Register of Historic Places
  • Singer Fixture Company smolders in the background during the 1976 fire
  • Video footage of the fire from KSDK
  • Lambert Building
    2109 - 2115 Locust Street

    A lovely Renaissance Revival facade that still enjoys the luxury of having its bracketed cornice. The more utilitarian building to the left serves as an annex. Currently home to Broadway Office Interiors.

    Swift Printing Company
    aka Schlafly Tap Room
    2100 Locust Street
    Architect: Samuel L. Scherer
    1902 and 1904

    2100 Locust was built to house the John S. Swift Company, Planographers & Printers. The printers moved out in 1969, leaving the building to deteriorate for two decades. It was nearly lost to a severe 1976 fire which destroyed several buildings at 21st and Locust; it later appeared in Escape from New York as a background ruin.

    Since 1991, it has housed the Schlafly Tap Room, one of St. Louis's best-loved bars, restaurants and microbreweries.

  • Schlafly Tap Room - building history at official website
  • National Register of Historic Places nomination form
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch article looking back on the 1976 conflagration. Separately, a spectacular photo gallery of the blaze.
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