Cutlery Factory - 1860
612 N 2nd Street
This building is one of the oldest in the Landing and constructed of handsome brick with heavy timber mill lining the interior. It has nicely designed stone trim with a rich cornice. One of the interesting interior aspect of the building is the 16 foot high, central load bearing partition, constructed of brick with wide arched openings.
At one time Henry Shaw owned this building. He was born in Sheffield, England and became naturalized at the age of 43. With the help of his uncle and skills learned from his father, Shaw set up a hardware store in St. Louis, selling high quality cutlery and other metal products.
For two decades he stayed in this business while St. Louis grew quite rapidly. Shaw sold his goods to the people of St. Louis, to soldiers and farmers, and to the other new immigrants to the area. He also found a ready market in the pioneers making their way to the open lands of the West. Many of the pioneers moving westward were outfitted in St. Louis before moving West, and Shaw had the kind of hardware, tools and cutlery they would need to make the trip and set up a new homestead. By the age of 40 he was one of the largest landholders in the city and was able to retire. This gave him the freedom to travel and to pursue his great interest in botany. Today, Shaw is best known as founder of the world renowned Missouri Botanical Garden.