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View looking west on Chestnut Street from Wharf Street. The Old Rock House is on the left, behind the railroad trestle.

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Identifier: N36690

Title: View looking west on Chestnut Street from Wharf Street. The Old Rock House is on the left, behind the railroad trestle.

Description: View looking west on Chestnut Street from Wharf Street. The Old Rock House is on the left, behind the railroad trestle. The building was demolished in conjunction with the construction of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The Old Rock House saw a long and varied life in St. Louis before finally being torn down for the construction of the Arch grounds along the St. Louis riverfront. What became know as the Old Rock House, was originally built in 1818 by Manuel Lisa, a prominent St. Louis fur trader, as a storehouse for his business, the Missouri Fur Company. During the early part of the 19th century stone warehouses were a common sight along the river, servicing the many steamboats docked nearby. Over its long life the Old Rock House was at times a warehouse, a sail-makers shop, a saloon, and even a brothel! Before its demolition the Old Rock House was the oldest building on the levee. Although the building was torn down by the National Park Service, some stones from the original structure were retained for use in exhibitions, now at the Old Courthouse, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial run by the National Park Service.

Rights: UND

Place: United States
Missouri
St Louis

Dates: 1940s

Type(s): Photograph
Image

Maker/Creator:

Subjects: horizontal
black and white
outdoors
Downtown (Saint Louis, MO)
riverfront
Wharf Street
Chestnut Street
Old Rock House (Saint Louis, Mo.)
cobblestone street
saloon
bicycle
cyclist
railroad trestle
McCullogh and Tumbach
Demolition
Commercial buildings
Waterfronts
St. Louis Street Scenes

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