The Cabanne House was the first brick farmhouse west of the Mississippi River. Jean Pierre Cabanne built the house on the site that is Forest Park in 1819
The Cabanne House was the first brick farmhouse west of the Mississippi River. Jean Pierre Cabanne built the house on the site that is Forest Park in 1819.
The current Cabanne House is situated in a wooded site near the Union Avenue entrance to Forest Park. Constructed in 1875 from plans drawn by St. Louis architect James H. McNamara, the Second Empire style house was conceived as part of the original Master Plan for Forest Park. The Cabanne House was completed in June 1876, in time for the formal dedication of Forest Park.
The house was used as a residence for park superintendents and commissioners for many years. Its rooms have 14 foot ceilings, tall windows, and decorative marble mantels. The mansard roof is a hallmark of mid-Victorian architecture of the period following the Civil War.
In 2006 Cabanne House was the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteer Association's Showcase House. Numerous designers and contractors renovated the Cabanne House bringing new life to this gem in Forest Park. The total value of the renovation exceeded $600,000.
The Cabanne House can not be reserved.