Monday, July 25, 2011

The Temtor 8125 Michigan Avenue

A recent development in the Patch neighborhood includes the fantastic $27M rebirth of the former Coca-Cola syrup plant re-branded as "the Temtor" at 8125 Michigan Avenue which will have several loft-style dwellings and will be home to Perennial Artisan Ales, another microbrewery tasting room/bar and beer garden which will add to St. Louis' reputation as a premier U.S. beer city.
Seventy-seven apartments will be built in the former Coke plant and 32 apartments will be built in nearby buildings. The project also includes 27,000 square feet of office or retail space in the former Coke plant and 8,000 square feet of space of commercial space on South Broadway.

In addition to the former Coke plant, nine nearby buildings will be converted to apartments and retail space as part of the redevelopment. (source)
 A little history on the Temtor:
On the National Register of Historic Places, the Temtor building was designed in the early 1900s by noted architect Harry G. Clymer. Early press reports about the structure spoke of “integrity through workmanship, design, location and material.”

Named for its first tenant, the Temtor Fruits and Product Company, and years later purchased by Coca-Cola to manufacture the secret syrup supplied to bottlers in a five-state area. (source)
The new windows look dynamite against the red brick of the former factory.
I simply cannot wait to sip a local brew in the beer garden of one of St. Louis' finest and most soulful neighborhoods. Cheers to all those involved in bringing this place back to life. It's folks like you that make me hold on to hope that this rust belt city can evolve into a cool place that will attract people from all over.

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