|The Bevo Mill Commercial Historic District consists of eighteen contributing buildings and three noncontributing buildings surrounding the St. Louis Landmark Bevo Mill, plus a couple of parking lots (one historic) and a contributing structure. The district is located at the convergence of the major thoroughfares of Gravois Avenue and Morgan Ford Road in South St. Louis City. It exemplifies an early 20th century shopping district which arose due to the intersection of major public transit routes and the presence of a distinctive anchor in the form of the centrally located mill building, which actually was constructed as a highly stylized tavern. The district is locally significant under Criterion A for Commerce and Criterion C for Architecture. It serves as a physical reminder of a bygone mode of commerce that once dominated St. Louis immediately prior to the widespread adoption of the automobile. Finally, the overall district provides architectural context for its centerpiece and in many ways its progenitor, the Bevo Mill. Constructed by Anheuser-Busch Brewing in 1916-17, the Mill building itself is individually significant for its wholly unique, romantic and fantastical design. In addition, it is significant as an embodiment of a calculated effort on behalf of Anhe-user-Busch to tlrwart the goals of the Prohibition Movement. The C. 1910-1934 period of significance encompasses the dates of construction for all contributing properties that are associated with the rapid development of the Gravois Avenue/Morgan Ford Road intersection, which served as the focal point that defined the neighborhood.