The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion is a magnificent example of the Late Greek rival style in St. Louis, but it's significance is more than architectural.
The house embodies the stories of the families who lived here, including members of the founding families of St. Louis and Carondelet, a nationally known Western trailblazer, the family of an Oglala leader, the first chain drugstore operator in St. Louis, and a literary scholar who was a director of the 1904 World’s Fair. We also tell the story of the caves underneath the property, the highway system that almost destroyed the house, and the preservation efforts that saved it. We are open for tours four days a week and private events are available on the grounds, in our Carriage House and in the Mansion itself.
Guided Tours at the Mansion
The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion is a great place to hear stories of old French St. Louis, the western fur trade, everyday life in Victorian St. Louis, the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, and Cherokee Cave. Get acquainted with the rich history of the Mansion, the legacy of the French founding families of St. Louis and Carondelet, and the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District.
Learn about life in St. Louis in the nineteenth century. Many antiques and artifacts are original to the home, this Greek Revival Mansion has been restored to interpret the decorative arts and architecture of the Victorian era.
OPEN FOR TOURS MARCH- DECEMBER, $8.00 PER ADULT AND $5.00 FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12. OPEN MARCH- DECEMBER. MANSION IS CLOSED JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.
ALL TOURS INCLUDE ADMISSION TO OUR 1904 WORLD’S FAIR MEMORABILIA EXHIBIT, FEATURING THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION MEMORABILIA ON PUBLIC DISPLAY.
GROUP RATES ARE AVAILABLE, $5.00 PER PERSON FOR A GROUP OF 15 OR MORE. FOR SPECIAL TOUR DATES OR TO RESERVE A LARGE GROUP PLEASE CALL THE MANSION AT (314) 771-5828. ALL TOURS INCLUDE ADMISSION TO OUR 1904 WORLD’S FAIR MEMORABILIA EXHIBIT.
Image's Courtesy of Mark Scott Abeln http://www.romeofthewest.com/2009/10/photos-of-chatillon-demenil-mansion.html
The Carriage House
PERFECT EVENT VENUE FOR WEDDING RECEPTIONS, Ceremonies, SEATED DINNERS, AND COCKTAIL PARTIES.
This six hour rental covers the use of the Carriage House and Patio including all of our available on-site tables and chairs. Wedding parties have the option of taking advantage of the grounds for a wedding photo session including the garden and mansion exterior.
The seated capacity inside the Carriage House is 72 guests. The inclusion of our outdoor patio space brings the total seated capacity up to 180 guests. The Carriage House Rental fee is $600.
Ceremony and Reception
The wedding package includes exclusive use of our ceremony sites and the carriage house for your wedding reception for up to eight hours. Other perks covered in this rental include a wedding photo session including the Garden and Mansion exterior, use of our available on-site tables and chairs and scheduled access for your rehearsal. The fee for the Wedding Package is $750.
WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THAT "JUST RIGHT" PLACE TO HAVE YOUR SPECIAL EVENT- A UNIQUE, INTIMATE SETTING THAT BLENDS ELEGANCE AND CHARM WITH HISTORY AND VICTORIAN AMBIANCE, THE CHATILLON-DEMENIL MANSION IS THE PERFECT SPOT.
THE INTERIOR OF OUR MAGNIFICENT 1863 GREEK REVIVAL MANSION IS AVAILABLE FOR SMALL COCKTAIL EVENTS.
The Formal Double Parlor, Drawing Room and Library can accommodate up to 45 guests for a cocktail party with limited seating. There are a few restrictions but most passed hors d’oeuvres should stay within the rules. A bar can be placed inside the Double Parlor or outside on either the east or west portico to give you a little more room inside.
Mansion rentals include use of up to 18 event chairs and use of small on-site folding tables. Mansion rentals cost $400 for a 3-hour event.
Wedding Receptions, Ceremonies, and Private Events have been part of our history since 1964.
Wedding Images Courtesy of Lori Peterson Photography and BP Brea Photography
Your Gift is Tax Deductible!
Thank you for your support to the Chatillon DeMenil Mansion.
Please help fund operations, educational programs and restoration projects throughout the year. With your donation the Mansion can continue to serve as a center for education focusing on the French Heritage of St. Louis. Donations of time, materials, and money are always welcome and appreciated. The Foundation’s “wish list” includes items both large and small.
Annual Memberships help maintain and further develop this historic site and its programming.
If you are not already a member, we invite you to join the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation at one of the following levels:
MADAME CHOUTEAU ($100)
DUSTIN GRIFFIN FRIEND ($250)
HENRI CHATILLON ASSOCIATE ($500)
NICOLAS N. DEMENIL SOCIETY ($1000)
- Free Tours of the House
- Invitations to Private Special Events
- Discounts on Special Museum Programming
- 10% off our Museum Gift Shop
- Membership is Tax Deductible