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The Historic Buildings of St. Louis

Todays Date: November 15, 2018

There are tons of amazing sites to see and things to do in St. Louis, and one of the most exciting things to do with your whole family or on your own is to see the stunning architecture of St. Louis. There are some fun architecture tours, or you can take a tour that is a huge favorite in the city: The Historic House Museums of St. Louis. Visit one of the old homes, or take your own tour of many in one day. They’re quite a sight to see!

“Spare the old house! The ancient mansion spare For ages still to front the market square: — That may be shown, How those old walls of good St. Louis rock, In native strength, shall bear against the shock Of centuries! There shall the curious see, When like a fable star shall our story be, How the Star City of the West has grown! Touch not a stone!”

This poem by Matthew Field was meant to honor the stone house built in 1764 for Pierre Laclede, the founder of St. Louis, and his family. Sadly, this building did not survive the currents of history and was demolished in 1841 to build a commercial building. What a great tragedy for the history of St. Louis and its architectural enthusiasts!

The good news is that the demolition of this gorgeous house sparked the preservation of many others in St. Louis, along with plenty of other historic buildings that mark periods in St. Louis’ great history. Today, you can find 6 house museums open for public tours, generously funded by local businesses, individuals, and institutions in St. Louis.

The Roswell M. & Eugene Field House at 634 S. Broadway was built in 1845 as an investment property for Edward Walsh. It was later leased to the St. Louis attorney Roswell Martin Field. Due to Walsh’s popularity the building was able to be saved, and is now a delightful museum that contains some rare facts of St. Louis’ history on display.

The Chatillon-DeMenil House was built in 1848 and is located at 3352 DeMenil Place. It’s an superb sample of early St. Louis culture as it was built in the traditional Creole style. The house still stands today thanks to the deterrence of it being destroyed so that an interstate 55 could be built. Since the Landmarks Association of St. Louis proposed major restorations, it’s now a great museum and highlight of St. Louis culture.

The Tower Grave House was built in 1849 by George I. Barnett and sits at 4344 Shaw. It was commissioned by Henry Shaw and has a lovely, bucolic setting that is truly stunning and now open to the public. Shaw was the mastermind behind the Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park, and their creation consumed the last 30 years of his life, making him one of the great contributors to St. Louis’ history.

Although not a museum, another great architectural landmark was by George I. Barnett’s son Thomas P. Barnett, located at 3207 Washington Ave. This stunning 1920’s Spanish Mission Style Art Deco building sits on the increasingly popular Washington Avenue, and makes a tremendous sight for the architectural enthusiast.

Art Deco and Spanish Mission Style Architecture is part of some of the classic buildings of Missouri. To download the original plans of the Thomas P Barnett Historic Building or go here to find out more about St Louis Commercial Real Estate For Sale

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