Saint Louis, MO

Take a tour of the Magic Stove Mansion

Tyrone Wallace

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ST. LOUIS, MO - There are many historical buildings located in the St. Louis region that offer tours for tourists or local residents. One of them is the Magic Chef Mansion that was built in 1908.

Charles Stockstrom, the founder of the Quick Meal, later renamed Magic Stove Company, built the mansion. The process of construction took one year and cost $49,500.00. To design the 12,000 square feet house, Stockstrom partnered up with architect Ernst Janssen.

The building has a kitchen with six working Magic Chef stoves from 1930 and two refrigerators from the Westinghouse from 1930. The basement is equipped with the original bowling alley, a saloon, and a playroom.

All of the original items and furnishings were auctioned at a public auction week in the home purchases when Adda Ohmyer, Stockstrom's daughter, died in 1990.

Four months later, the new family moved in and started to restore the mansion. Some of the original items have been tracked, repurchased, and brought to the house throughout the next 20 years. The building has been carefully restored to its beauty, with original lights and antiques.

The Mansion has offered open tours since spring 2014 in association with the Compton Hill Water Tower & Park Preservation Society. Advanced tickets are available via Eventbrite or at the gate on tour day.

The site included in the tour is the first floor, basement, and 2 acres grounds. It takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes for a tour.

Private group tours are also available in the Mansion. To arrange private group tours, call 314-664-3400. The tour costs $15 per person for groups of 20 or more. The price has a flat fee of $ 300 for groups of less than 20 people.

You can visit http://magicchefmansion.com/tours/ for further information about the Mansion tours.

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