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Benton Park in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

3319 DeMenil Place

The Grandest Home

 

— Cherokee-Lemp Historic District —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 23, 2019
1. 3319 DeMenil Place Marker
Inscription.  Creole Geminien Beauvais built the largest house in this elegant enclave on this site in the early 1870s.

As a teenager, Beauvais had worked in the lucrative fur trade, a source of seed money for many early 19th century entrepreneurs. Eventually Beauvais became an independent trader in the Laramie region. The Indians named him "Big Belly." As a member of special Indian commissions, Beauvais helped the federal government gain possession of the Black Hills.

Beauvais, like many of his fellow fur traders, had two families. His Indian wife and children lived in Wyoming, then moved to the Sioux reservation in South Dakota. By 1870, his St. Louis family had moved into the house on this site. Images show the house to have been three stories tall, with a Victorian porch, a then stylish mansard roof, and dormer windows. The scale and trim of the home evidence Beauvais' prosperity.

Beauvais' family lived here for over a decade. Then the Henry Ziegenhein family moved into the splendid home.

Ziegenhein was a carpenter, who, after serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, became a contractor. Ziegenhein and
3319 DeMenil Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 23, 2019
2. 3319 DeMenil Place Marker
his wife raised their nine children in the hoe on this site While living here, he became a major shareholder, then vice-president of Lafayette Bank. Later he was elected Collector for the City of St. Louis. In 1897, Henry Ziegenhein, of the street now known as DeMenil Place, was elected the 29th Mayor of the City of St. Louis.

These arts & crafts flats, numbered 3313 to 3327 DeMenil Place, were built on the site of the Beauvais-Ziegenhein mansion in 1924.
 
Erected 2007 by NiNi Harris.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & CommerceNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis, The Cherokee-Lemp History Walk ⚜️ series list.
 
Location. 38° 35.598′ N, 90° 12.973′ W. Marker is in Benton Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on DeMenil Place south of Utah Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3319 DeMenil Place, Saint Louis MO 63118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 3322 DeMenil Place (a few steps from this marker); This cake commemorates (within shouting distance of this marker); A Wealthy Suburb (within shouting distance of this marker);
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DeMenil Place During The Gay Nineties (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); DeMenil Mansion (about 300 feet away); Origins (about 400 feet away); Cherokee Cave (about 500 feet away); The Lemp Brewery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Benton Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 75 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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