By the mid-1860's, Lafayette Square had become the most prestigious residential area in St. Louis. In 1866, Benton Place, the oldest private street in St. Louis, was established and named for the Missouri senator, Thomas Hart Benton (grandfather of the artist of the same name). The home known as #10 Benton Place was originally built for Edward S. Rowse in 1893, a wealthy financier, real estate developer and banker. However, the second owners, Frederick and Nora Lehmann, were the most notable. Frederick Lehmann was a nationally known lawyer with a long list of both professional and philanthropic accomplishments, residing at #10 Benton Place for 31 years. After his death, it passed through many hands and was in a sad state of disrepair and neglect when rescued by Marie in 1992, almost 100 years to the day, after the original building permit was issued for the construction of the house.
Many hours have gone into the restoration of this 20 room Romanesque Revival mansion, the largest home in Lafayette Square, returning it to its original spendor, known as Lehmann House Bed & Breakfast. Marie and her family also call Lehmann House their home. Some recent renovations include adding a new guest room, Nora's Room, fresh redecorating throughout the house, and restoration of many of the unique original Victorian details damaged or missing by prior owners. Evidence of the careful restoration of the oak, maple and cherry woodwork can be seen throughout the house.
Lehmann House is located in the center of things to do in St. Louis. Lafayette Square, St. Louis' premier historic district, has many fine restaurants and unique shops. Favorite attractions such as the St. Louis Arch, the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Laclede's Landing, the America's Center Convention Center, the St. Louis, Zoo, the St. Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and many other attractions are close by. Marie can assist you in planning your activities or recommending the best St. Louis cuisine. Or, visit our Location Page for more nearby attractions.