Walking Tours - Self Guided


The Benton Park neighborhood boasts enchanting architecture ranging from mid-19th century homes built by French Utopians to Gilded Age townhouses that exhibit Germanic craftsmanship. Author/historian NiNi Harris will present three architectural and historical walks exploring different parts of the great Benton Park neighborhood -one of the largest historic district in the state of Missouri.

(Southern part of Benton Park neighborhood)

Old-fashioned storefronts, enhanced by ornamental cast iron and masonry, line Cherokee Street, which was the 19th century commercial focus of the Benton Park neighborhood. The stories of this street recall the Creole Mountain Man, German Beer Barons and immigrant shopkeepers who created the street, and called it home.

Starting Location: On the steps of Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion 3352 DeMenil Place

(Center part of Benton Park neighborhood)

After the Soulard neighborhood grew, lcarians (French Utopians), and German and Bohemian  immigrants began developing the area around the old city cemetery. At the end of the Civil War, the cemetery was moved. The undulating grounds of the former cemetery site were transformed into lush Benton Park. As part of this walk, stroll the grounds and around the ponds of this Victorian era park. See the small dwellings, flats and stately homes of this area that is being
revived as home to a thriving artistic community.

Starting Location: Gus's Pretzel Shop, 1820 Arsenal Street

(Northern part of the Benton Park neighborhood)

This tour is being offered for the first time. The lrish of the Benton Park neighborhood congregated around their lrish Catholic parish on Sidney Street. The area boomed in the 18803, when craftsmen and architects celebrated the latest trends in the manufacture of ornamental brick and terra cotta. This resulted in elegant rows of tall, narrow townhouses, lush with elaborate masonry. The streetscapes of Sidney and adjacent avenues will be included on the walk, along with a 19th century warehouse that is being transformed into condos.

Starting Location: 1901 Sidney @ Lemp, next to HWY. 55