The Coca-Cola Syrup Plant

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Michigan & Davis intersection, Carondelet Neighborhood
South St. Louis, MO
They applied for a National Register listing for this industrial complex, and it was added to the list in April 2008. Two months later, plans were announced to convert the former Coca-Cola syrup plant into 78 apartments and commercial space. Bravo!

As arresting and evocative as the 1920’s portion of the plant is, I also love the down-scale, no-nonsense metal sheeting updates on the north side of the complex. This portion appears to belong to International Foods’ Dairy House, so naturally, it still requires high fructose and oil receiving receptacles. Note the “rust” stains down the left side of the left-hand depository, and think about what that stuff does to your innards.

If this portion of the complex is indeed part of the renovation plans, I look forward to seeing what’s under all the metal, though I will miss its minimalist cubism glory as reflected on a perfect summer morning.

2 thoughts on “The Coca-Cola Syrup Plant

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  2. I am with e+u, which is doing the architectural plans for the renovation of the Coke Plant. The dairy portion of the complex is not part of the current project, and will remain as ia dairy for now. The City’s website lists the dairy portion of the complex as being built in 1962, so I wonder if the corrugated metal is the original finiah of the building?

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