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Inside the Presidents' Room at Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast
Located in the prominent Lafayette Square neighborhood in St. Louis, there stands a pivotal piece of architectural and historical significance, Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast. This structure, more than just a residence, was the home to Frederick W. Lehmann, a notable figure in American political history.
Perhaps the most noteworthy space inside the Lehmann House is the President's Room. This guest room has accommodated esteemed guests, including three United States presidents. In exploring the history of this room and the Lehmann House as a whole, one gains a deeper understanding of the political landscape of the era.
In this article, we will highlight the history, significance, and amenities of the President's room, one of the highlights of many guests' stay at Lehmann House.
Who Was Frederick W. Lehmann?
Frederick W. Lehmann (1853–1931) was an influential legal and political figure in the early 20th century. Serving as the Solicitor General of the United States from 1910 to 1912, he played a vital role in representing the federal government before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Apart from his significant legal contributions, Lehmann was active in promoting cultural activities throughout St. Louis. He was foundational in establishing the St. Louis Art Museum and the State Historical Society of Missouri. It was also why these along with the St. Louis Zoo and St. Louis Science Center are free to the public. It was belief, which he made his mission that cultural venues be free to all, not just the wealthy.
The Lehmann House in St. Louis's Lafayette Square stands as a testament to Lehmann's prominence and legacy. It wasn't just his residence but a hub of political and social activity. During his time, the house hosted significant figures, including U.S. Presidents, showcasing Lehmann's deep connections and importance in the political landscape of his era.
Which Presidents Stayed in the President’s Room at Lehmann House?
During Lehmann's time as a lawyer and United States Solicitor-General, he hosted many gatherings and notable individuals at his home in Lafayette Square. These meetings were a testament to Lehmann's involvement in the 19th-century political landscape and his close relations with prominent U.S. politicians. He was also known to host many notable authors at the time, holding book club socials when they came to town. It has been speculated that Mark Twain was also a visitor of Lehmann's.
Among other notable literary and political guests, Lehmann famously hosted three U.S. leaders in the President's room, one of the Victorian mansion's most ornate and stately rooms.
President William McKinley
As the 25th President, McKinley's tenure saw America's victory in the Spanish-American War and the nation's emergence as an imperial power. His visit to the Lehmann House symbolized the respect and rapport he shared with Lehmann.
President Theodore Roosevelt
Known for his vigorous approach to domestic and foreign policies, Roosevelt's presence at the Lehmann House reflected the importance he placed on building strong relationships with key political and legal figures.
President William Howard Taft
As the 27th President and later the 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Taft's relationship with Lehmann was underscored by their mutual legal backgrounds. The framed letters between them, part of the Lehmann House's Presidents' Room décor, offer a glimpse into these eminent personalities' camaraderie and mutual respect.
What Are the Prominent Features of the President’s Room?
The President's Room at Lehmann House offers guests an expansive space accentuated by radiant golden maple floors. Wake up rejuvenated as the morning sun gently illuminates the room from the east, and by evening, appreciate the picturesque view of the sunset from the room's western-facing windows.
Connected to this elegant room is a vast, meticulously restored private bathroom. While it retains many historic elements, guests can choose between a swift shower in the marble-adorned walk-in shower or a leisurely soak in the bathroom's spacious original solid china tub, which comfortably fits two.
For a touch of coziness, the President's Room is equipped with a wood-burning fireplace, which guest have the option of using in the cooler months. Modern amenities include cable TV and a king-sized bed featuring a comfortable Tempurpedic mattress.
Stay At The President’s Room During Your Next Visit to Lehmann House
Dive deep into St. Louis's rich tapestry by staying at the iconic Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast. Every corner of the President's Room whispers tales of history, from the portraits of presidents, to the volumes written by or about various presidents. There's even a book about the first ladies behind our presidents. All offering you an unparalleled experience that few accommodations can boast.
Strategically situated, Lehmann House places you at the heart of the city, "in the center of things to do", minutes away from St. Louis' top attractions. It's more than just a place to rest; it's your gateway to exploring the vibrant culture, history and life of St. Louis.
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Written by Creative Copywriter Chris Davies