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 by 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, it was the second owners, Frederick and Nora Lehmann, who 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 when rescued by Marie in 1992, almost 100 years, to the day, after the original building permit was issued for the original construction of the house.
Many hours into the restoration of this 20 room Romanesque Revival mansion returning it to its original spendor, known as Lehmann House Bed & Breakfast. Marie and her family also call Lehmann House their home. 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, most currently, further restoration of the front staircase.
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