Benton Park in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
3322 DeMenil Place
The Lemp Mansion
— Cherokee-Lemp Historic District —
It was another German, however, who built this mansion in 1868. Jacob Feickert first appears in the St. Louis directories in 1838. The early directories list his profession as a baker. Later he is listed as a partner of saloonkeeper Frederick Jacoby. By the 1850's, the Jacoby House saloon had a prime location on the bustling riverfront, about a block from the Old Cathedral.
In 1861, Feickert's daughter Julia married brewer William Lemp. William nurtured the brewery business, working side by side with employees, considering both their complains and suggestions. With his guidance and the dedication of family members of friends, the brewery developed a national market.
At the height of the Lemp Family's success, the brewery hummed
Depressed over the death of his son and of a dear friend — Milwaukee brewer Captain Frederick Pabst — William Lemp committed suicide in the mansion that had built by his father-in-law. Years later, two more family members committed suicide in this mansion.
After Prohibition, the shuttered Lemp Brewery, at the south end of this street, echoed like a ghost town.
Eventually the Lemp Mansion was subdivided into apartments. As it deteriorated, it became a notorious flop house.
In 1975 the Pointer Family saved the Lemp Mansion from further decay. After buying the mansion, they began its restoration, and transformation into a restaurant and inn. The Lemp Mansion Restaurant hosts parties, gatherings and civic events — serving history and mystery with lunch and dinner.
Erected 2004 by NiNi Harris.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis, The Cherokee-Lemp History Walk series list.
Location. 38° 35.598′ N, 90° 12.962′ W. Marker is in Benton Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on DeMenil Place south of Utah Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3322 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. This cake commemorates (a few steps from this marker); 3319 DeMenil Place (a few steps from this marker); A Wealthy Suburb (a few steps from this marker); Origins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); DeMenil Place During The Gay Nineties (about 300 feet away); DeMenil Mansion (about 300 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 127 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.