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Monday, March 16, 2009

Storefront Addition: Hudson's Embassy

I don't have much to write about the architectural character of the storefront addition located at 3818 Page Boulevard. The building, with a storefront dating to 1924, could definitely have more of its historical character. That's obvious. What I want to point out is how cool the name "Hudson's Embassy" is for a record store, and how there is a certain thrill I get from looking at the proud lettering announcing the store's name to passers by like myself. Hudson's Embassy was one of many "one stop" retail/wholesale record dealers that emerged in the 1960s to sell records from labels like Atlantic and Stax to department stores and radio deejays alike. The store is a link with a golden era of American urban music -- it ought to have a proud sign.


Eric said...

Huh, I need to check this place out!

Vanishing STL said...

Several years ago someone tried to break into this building by yanking the bars off a back window of the original 3 story building with a chain tied to their vehicle. They ended up pulling the entire back wall off the building. Of course it was immediately condemned for demolition.

The owner was a friend of Pyramid, so we came in and re-built the wall, allowing the business to re-open. The third floor was in pretty bad shape even before the wall collapse, and it was sealed off to use (the owner did not have money for a major renovation). The building has seen it's share of hard times, but at the end of the day it still stands!

russell said...

I used to go to Hudson's on 'in-stores' with visiting rap artist in the early 90's. I had a radio show on 88.1 and a couple of my older listeners informed me that the StL Black Panthers would meet here back in the 60's.