More than just a historical site.
The historic Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion is the place to get a firsthand experience of St. Louis’ French heritage. The museum was once home to famed western guide and hunter Henri Chatillon. Chatillon and his second wife Odile constructed the original section of the house in 1849 at the top of Arsenal Hill to command a view of the Mississippi River.
In 1863 the DeMenil family completed a magnificent addition which turned the Chatillons’ modest home into a Greek Revival mansion. Dr. Nicolas N. DeMenil and his wife Emilie Sophie Chouteau (the great-grand-daughter of Mme. Chouteau and Pierre Laclede) lived here with their son Alexander. The extended family occupied the house until Alexander’s death in 1928.
Weddings and private events have been part of our history at DeMenil since the creation of the Chatillon DeMenil House Foundation in 1964.
With many of the antiques and artifacts original to the home, this Greek Revival mansion has been restored to interpret the decorative arts and architecture of the Victorian era. Two rooms are devoted to the 1904 World’s Fair, featuring the largest collection of Louisiana Purchase Exposition memorabilia on public display. Open for tours March – December, the Chatillon-DeMenil House is a place to hear stories of the Western fur trade, Creole connections to the Sioux and Osage, the growth of a great city, and everyday life in the Victorian era.
Tour the Mansion
Guided Tours and Educational programs
Learn about the history of the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, the families that lived there and life in St. Louis in the nineteenth century.
Tours of the Mansion are available on the hour from 11 am- 2 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 11 am-3pm. Admission is $8.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 12.
The Carriage House
Weddings, Ceremony's and Private Functions
Elegant wedding reception at our newly renovated carriage house and charming brick garden patio is available for up to 150 seated guests.
Wedding ceremony rentals include our gazebo for up to 140 seated guests and the formal double parlor of the mansion for small elegant ceremonies up to 30 seated guests.
Henri Chatillon painting
DeMenil Family Collection
1904 World's Fair Memorabilia Collection
Our collection's are important to our history because our vey own Alexander DeMenil served on the Board of Directors for our Louisiana Purchase Exposition as the Director of the French Exhibit and translator to the French dignitaries that visited St.Louis in preparation for the fair.
Christmas at the mansion
The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion host several special historical tours, educational events and fundraisers throughout the year. All proceeds from our functions and events fund operations and restoration projects throughout the year. Through donations the Mansion can continue to serve as a center for education focusing on the French Heritage of St. Louis.