MO Chapter: Magic Chef Mansion Tour
Date(s): March 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM CST - 12:00 PM CST
Take a walk back in time - Magic Chef Mansion Private TourJoin us for an in-depth tour of the restoration of The Magic Chef Mansion. The mansion was built for Charles Stockstrom (1852-1935), founder of the Quick Meal Stove Company, later renamed Magic Chef. Stockstrom worked closely with architect Ernst Janssen in designing the 12,000 square foot home. Construction began in 1907 and was completed a year later at a cost of $49,500.
The home has been painstakingly restored to its turn-of-the-century elegance, including original lighting fixtures and period furnishings.
Our tour will cover the first and second floors, basement with bowling alley and saloon, and a rare look at the 3,000 sf carriage house in the back.
1. Examine the extensive use of terra cotta used throughout the house – both original and restored sections.
2. Discuss how areas damaged by leaking roofs and aging over time were historically and cost-effectively restored.
3. Review of the plumbing /HVAC systems from original to current day Geo-thermal system used for energy efficiency.
4. Learn about the architect Ernst Janssen and view the original blueprints of the mansion.
About the Architect
Between 1894 and 1911, Ernst C. Janssen designed more than a dozen neighboring houses, as well as the Grand Boulevard entrance pillars to Compton Heights, but the Magic Chef Mansion may be his most opulent residential work. American born of German parents, he worked briefly as a carpenter and draftsman for St. Louis-area architects before entering the celebrated school of architecture in Karlsruhe, Germany in 1877. His years abroad surely afforded him the opportunity to see and be influenced by the great German castles and baronial mansions. From 1879 until his retirement in 1940, Janssen was responsible for many commercial and residential buildings across Missouri. Nationwide, brewery architecture was a mainstay of his practice. In fact, some refer to his signature style as "Brewer's Baronial".
Tour Guide: Shelley Donaho, Owner and Manager
Approved by ALA and AIA for 2.0 LU/HSW.
Cost: $ 30.00 Members / $ 40.00 Non-members