innkeeper Marie Davies is putting many hours into the ongoing restoration of this 20 room
Romanesque Revival mansion that she and her five children now call home, hoping to return
it to its original splendor in the coming years.
Careful restoration of the oak, maple and cherry woodwork is in progress throughout the house. Guests are encouraged to offer ideas and information, perhaps filling in the historical blanks that we stumble on from time to time.
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, 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.
Lehmann House can host a variety
of special events, either indoors (parties of 50 or less) or outdoor
(for parties up to 100) guests
Hosts can have us arrange any or
all of the details such food, cake, photographer, music, flowers, etc.,
or you may just rent the site.
We currently have four guests rooms, all with private bath. For leisure apart from the guest rooms, you may enjoy a quiet book in the library, some music, a bit of TV in the parlor, or a quiet cup of tea on the front porch.
The porch can also accommodate anyone wishing to smoke, as smoking indoors is strictly prohibited. Anyone who should choose to indulge in an indoor smoke may be subject to an additional charge up to one half the room rate.
Weather permitting, you can enjoy that refreshing stroll through our garden as well as the nearby park.
Our Guest Rooms
The President's Room
(pictured above) During Fredrick Lehmann's political career, he was reputed to have
entertained three different presidents. Lehmann's personal correspondence supports this at
least in part. This expansive guest room, with its golden maple flooring, gently wakes
guests in the morning with the warmth of the sun pouring in from the east. And in the
evening, with its western view, treats you with a scene of the setting sun. Adjoining the
President's room is a sprawling, marble tiled private bath, authentically restored with
many of its original features. $139 per night.
The Map Room This room was originally used to display Lehmann's vast map collection. Located on the Third floor, one has the feeling of being nestled in the tree tops. The unique features of this room include a Frank Lloyd Wright style gas fireplace, golden maple hardwood flooring and an antique carved mahogany four-poster bed. The adjoining bathroom was artfully created from the former walk-in cedar closet. $125. per night.
The World's Fair Room Lehmann was on the Board of Directors of the 1904 World's Fair. This room was named to honor that distinguished position in St. Louis history. Originally, this room was a guest room, now with its own Victorian designed private adjoining bath created from a former walk-in closet. $125 per night.
The Maid's Room The Lehmann's had both day help and live-in help, two such servants being housed in the Maids' Room, in the servants' wing of the house. In keeping with the status of hired help of the time, the Maids' Room is arranged simply, with a period, 1890's bedroom suite, a patchwork quilt, and simple, family portraits on the walls. A full bathroom, situated next to and dedicated to the Maids' Room serves as its private bath. $109 per night.
Each morning, guests are pampered with a bountiful breakfast served to them in the formal dining room on the first floor. The oak paneled walls and ceiling, with its fireplace and built-in buffet, looks much the same as it did 116 years ago. With a view of the gardens outside, guests can savor varied breakfast of fresh fruit, freshly baked pastry, and an egg entree. All of this is accompanied by piping hot coffee and tea, fruit juice and ice cold milk. For those who like simplicity, cereal, toast and jam can be found on the table amongst the other goodies of the morning. With advance notice, those with special dietary needs can be accommodated.
Fine restaurants, unique shops and many St. Louis attractions are close by. The Arch, Busch Stadium, Union Station, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Laclede's Landing, the St. Louis Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Muny Opera and the Science Center are all within ten minutes drive. Marie can assist you in planning your activities or recommending the best St. Louis cuisine.
Rates and Policies
breathtakingly beautiful Victorian mansion offers extraordinary antiques
The Lehmann House Bed & Breakfast is a member of the
American Historic Inns
Missouri Department of Tourism
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission
Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII)
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