Rejuvenating a St. Louis Manufacturing Icon
The Majestic History Wall
During the rehabilitation of the Majestic South building, a most curious discovery was made. An anonymous employee of the Majestic Manufacturing Company had recorded significant and trivial events in chalk on the bricks dating as far back as the late 1920’s. Major political events such as “FDR elected for 4th term 11/7/44”, local news “hottest day 1936 July 109.2” and sports “Dean to Cubs 4/16/38” as well as company affairs “strike 3-8-37 back (to) work 5/17/37” were all documented by the mysterious historian. During the loft transformation, a few of the laborers carried on the tradition by adding their involvement in the project and the date. While the identity of the original author is lost to time, the wall and its contents have been preserved.
A Distinguished Past
The Majestic Stove Lofts are located in a designated Historic District of the City of St. Louis with two of the buildings already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lucius Llewellyn Culver founded the Majestic Manufacturing Company in St. Louis in the 1890’s. The North building of the complex was completed in the Renaissance revival style of architecture in 1895, serving as the company’s world headquarters until the company was sold in 1948. The company was famous for its popular and extensive line of commercial and home cooking stoves. At the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, the company’s exhibition of its Majestic Stoves was one of the event’s more popular attractions.