The Chatillon-DeMenil House Needs Your Help

Categories: Architecture

Like other house museums, the Chatillon-DeMenil House today derives much of its income from renting out its premises for weddings and other special events. The focal point of that event revenue is the carriage house, which recently received a complete renovation. Just as the museum's staff was about to begin scheduling events for this summer, disaster struck when a pipe broke during the hard freeze of early January, flooding the carriage house and causing major damage to brand-new furnishings installed only two months ago.

Photo Courtesy of Lynn Josse
The ugly discovery -- water damage in the Carriage House two weeks ago.

Photo Courtesy of Lynn Josse
The repairs have already begun -- the destroyed carpet and wood have been removed.

The museum is insured, but it needs help raising money to meet the insurance company's deductible. If you can, donate money to help preserve a small but crucial component of St. Louis' architectural history. Click here to read more about the house and to donate.

Chris Naffziger writes about architecture at St. Louis Patina. Contact him via e-mail at

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