Undated photograph of the Chatillon-DeMenil House by Dr. William G. Swekosky, from the collection of Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
The October 1966 issue of the Landmarks Letter, newsletter of preservation group Landmarks Association of St. Louis, reports on notice of the newly-restored Chatillon-DeMenil House in the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune's feature article on St. Louis "glowingly described the Chatillon-DeMenil House." Furthermore, "[t]hree recent out-of-town visitors to the house said they came to St. Louis to see it after reading the newspaper story." Over forty years later, the Chatillon-DeMenil House continues to attract visitors from around the nation (although the house is closed for January).
Interior view of the Chatillon-DeMenil House in 1962 prior to restoration, from the collection of Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
St. Louis is very fortunate that the Chatillon-DeMenil House was spared from the path of I-55 through purchase by Landmarks Association of St. Louis (via a gift from Union Electric Company), and that the foundation that assumed ownership afterward has operated the house as a museum for over four decades. Thousands of people have been able to set foot in a fully restored 19th century Greek Revival mansion through tours and interesting programs. We could very well have had greater numbers hurtling over the site at 65 miles per hour if not for the swift, smart work of St. Louis' early preservation leaders. We all should support the less dramatic stewardship that allows the house to remain an active part of St. Louis' public life.
That is a roundabout prelude to announcing that the Chatillon-DeMenil House is having a trivia night fundraiser next month:
Trivia Night to Benefit the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: St. Wenceslaus Parish Hall, 3014 Oregon Ave
Everyone's an expert on something, and a little bit of everything (and anything) can be expected at our first trivia night. 80s TV shows? Come on down. St. Louis history? That could be useful too. Who knows?
Cost is $20 per person, 8 people to a table. Beer and soda provided. Come alone, come with 1 or 2 friends, come with a bunch of friends, just come! Don't think you have to fill a table to attend!
Doors open at 6:30pm, trivia starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds from this event go to the historic Chatillon-DeMenil House. For more information or to make your reservation, please call Jim Hubbard at 314-578-0798.