Thursday, February 24, 2011

Old Anheuser Busch Stables

The Busch family originally lived right in the heart of the brewery; their mansion, One Busch Place, was torn down years ago, but the stables survive, and are on the National Register of Historic Places.While still functioning, the stables are a work of art, complete with stained glass windows and elaborate decoration.I originally thought the stables were for delivery horses, but that is not the case.Surrounded by massive buildings that are part of the brewery complex, the stables represents a time that has long since passed in the center of the city.The stalls are elaborate and befit the Busch family's attempt to portray themselves as the most important beer barons of the city.The stained glass reminds me of the windows at Shaw's Garden.In the Sanborn map below, you can see the Busch mansion sitting to the left and slightly below the stables.

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