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March 2018

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion

March 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to 2018 everyone! It is the one year anniversary of the L'Hesperian Monthly! We have been very busy this January and February preparing to reopen! From burst water pipes to resignations to shutter restoration, it has been a whirlwind of change here. This year we are projected to make even more changes at the Mansion and hope to expand our scope while growing membership to further sustain the history of the Mansion. 
We are so excited to be open again and hope that you all come see us very soon!

Beloved Interpreter Leaves.

Our wonderful Senior Interpreter and Tour Guide, Kevin O'Neill has left his position at the Chatillon-DeMenil after many years of dedicated service. Kevin started his time at the DeMenil in 1999 and has been the face of history for us since then. 
Kevin joined us after traveling the world and falling in love with St. Louis. Not originally in the field of history, Kevin specialized in studies regarding citrus fruits and was stationed in various countries to study their growth. Needless to say, his shift into history and nonprofit work was very drastic. 
 During his tenure at the DeMenil, Kevin lovingly and with dedication, gave tours Wednesday through Saturday every week for those wishing to learn more about the Chatillon-DeMenil. 
Now, Kevin and his wife have decided that they wish to move to a quieter life in Burlington, Iowa. He will be missed dearly as no one could ever replace the magnitude of love and knowledge that Kevin has for the Chatillon-DeMenil.
Best wishes Kevin! Our Director, Andrew Cooperman, will be filling in temporarily. 

History Corner: Rebirth of a Legacy

It was the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation's Birthday a few weeks ago! 
In the 1950s, the DeMenil was becoming derelict, and it was slated to be demolished for Interstate 55. However, due to public outcry and the history of the home, a route change in 1961 saved the home. This was orchestrated by the Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
On February 20, 1964, or 54 years ago, the Union Electric Company, now Ameren, announced that they were purchasing the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion from the Missouri Highway Department, and presenting it to the City of St Louis as a Bi-Centennial gift. The Mansion sold at $1 per square foot of the property, or $40,000 total. An estimated $100,000 went into the restoration of the Mansion, or about $800,000 today.
In the summer of 1964, renovations began under architect Gerhardt Kramer, and the home was dedicated in 1965. The Landmarks Association formed the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation that has been running the Mansion ever since. 

Sources:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Vintage.stl/permalink/1766040490085934/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatillon%E2%80%93DeMenil_House

 

Become a supporting member today! 


The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion could not do what we do if it wasn't for our gracious donors. As a non-profit, we rely on our donors and our rentals to keep the doors open and continue to educate our visitors on the vast history within our walls and of St. Louis. 
Please, consider becoming a member. Each member receives a discount in our gift shop, free historical tours of the mansion, and is invited to our annual Members Holiday Party each year. Along with that, donations are tax deductible! 


Want to Volunteer?

We also owe great thanks to our volunteers here at the mansion. Without our volunteers, we would struggle to keep our events running smoothly. 
We are always looking for volunteers to help around the mansion or help run events. With a small staff and many events held here, we need your help. All volunteers become members of the Mansion and thus receive invites to our events, free tours, and 10% off of gift shop items! Sign up today! 

Reenact? 

Along with volunteers, we are always in need of historical reenactors! If you or someone you know does historical re-enactments, please contact us, as we would love to work with you! 
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