Fabulous 18th Century French Colonial Mansion
Jean Baptiste Valle House c1793
Southeast view of the original 1793 galleries and mid 19th century brick and second floor additions.The street level windows light the vast stone walled cellar.
This magnificent 18th Century French Colonial mansion has all the modern amenities and a 200 year-old grape arbor to stock its large wine cellar. This is truly one of the finest historic homes in the Midwest.It is an historic gem in a most historic neighborhood.
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A close-up of the mid-19th century brick addition
The brick addition replaced part of the south gallery. It has access to both south and west galleries.
Rear west gallery. Spacious place to view huge backyard.
The rear gallery is deeper than the other galleries.Likely it provided a space for daily chores required in the 18th century household.
The north gallery provides views of the formal 18th century parterre gardens.
The formal parterre garden believed to be planned by Madame Valle is restored with antique roses from France that the Madame would likely
The fomal living room.
The living room ceiling like all the main first floor rooms is traversed by two massive walnut support beams. Valle built this fine home to last for centuries.
The commodius formal dining room opens through pocket doors to the living room.
The dining room can easily accomadate dinner for twelve or more. It has a fabulous built-in corner china cabinet and a paneled wall with built-in glass door display shelves.
Commandant Valle's library is across the entry hall from the formal living room.
In addition to the splendid glass enclosed book cases, the library has one of three fireplaces on the first floor
The south gallery provides access to the front door.
The south gallery is accessed through beautiful wrought iron gates.Guests are provided with a view of the formal parterre garden and fountain and then led by a path to the south gallery steps.
One of the alleys of the arbor.
The large "T" shaped arbor is believed to be from the root stock ordered from France by Valle over two hundred years ago. After massive pruning, it is again providing grapes whose wine once filled the wine cellar. A walk in the arbor with its openings to the formal garden,and the orchard,is magical.
The Google map image shows entire grounds of the Valle House
A new wood fence with two sets of brick piered wrought iron gates surrounds the extensive grounds (nearly one acre) providing space for a formal garden, an orchard, a large grape arbor and an open backyard space between the house and the garage.
- 1st Floor Bath
- 1st Floor Bedroom
- Entry Hall
- Living room
- Fenced Yard
- Built-in Bookcases
- Central air
- City water supply
- Pocket Doors
- In National Landmark Dist
c1793 restored Jewel in Landmark District
The fabulous 18th century Jean Baptiste Valle house occupies nearly an acre of its original gardens and grounds. This splendid historic home has undergone recent restoration on both interior and exterior spaces. Even the formal French parterre garden with its artfully planned paths and flower beds has been restored with antique rose varieties from France that Madame Valle would recognize. The grape arbor, believed to be 200 years old, is once again producing grapes from root stock delivered from France. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and grounds from the wide galleries that surround the house. This is a one of kind home that is a significant part of French colonial history in Missouri.
Archived in September, 2014
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