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

3322 DeMenil Place

The Lemp Mansion

 

—Cherokee-Lemp Historic District —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 23, 2019
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Inscription.  The mysterious Lemp Mansion seems to haunt this street as the house itself is purported to be haunted. The story of this house is inextricably tied to the evocative history of the Lemp Family. In three generations the Lemp family rose from immigrants brewing a kettle of beer in the back of their grocery store, to operating a massive brewery that produced fabulous wealth, to self-destruction.

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
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 23, 2019
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with the work of a thousand employees, producing half a million barrels of beer annually. The Lemp family celebrated their wealth, and built a three story vault onto the back of their house to store their art and treasures.

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.
 
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Location. 38° 35.598′ N, 90° 12.962′ W. Marker is 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); DeMenil Place During The Gay Nineties (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); DeMenil Mansion (about 300 feet away); Origins (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 St. Louis.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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