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 a Missouri senator, Thomas Hart Benton. Although #10 was originally built for Edward S. Rowse in 1893, a wealthy financier, the second owners, Frederick and Nora Lehmann were the most remembered. 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 Marie in 1992, 100 years, almost to the day, after the original building permit was issued for the original construction of the house.
Marie has put many hours into the restoration of this 20 room Romanesque Revival mansion, known as Lehmann House Bed & Breakfast, that she and her children also call home, returning it to its original splendor. Recent renovations include adding a new guest room, Nora's Room, fresh painting throughout the house, and restoration of many of the unique 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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