Spotlight: The Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri

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Address: 3322 Demenil Pl, St. Louis, MO 63118
 
Phone: (314) 664-8024
 
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Built in 1868

33 rooms, a basement, and attic

William Lemp Sr purchased the house and operated a brewery from it.

 

At it’s peak, the brewery was very successful.

William Lemp Sr and his wife had 9 children, one of which died in infancy.

William hoped his youngest son Frederick would be able to take over the business but unbeknownst to the family, Frederick was very ill and passed away from heart failure and other complications.

William Sr’s health soon deteriorated, and in 1904, he shot and killed himself in the house.

Shortly thereafter, his wife died of cancer. She also passed away in the house.

The Brewery was left to William Lemp Jr, who was known to be a womanizer, and fathered a child out of wedlock. The child had down syndrome, and was allegedly kept hidden in the attic.

In 1922, William Lemp Jr shot and killed himself in the same room of the house that his father killed himself.

Elsa Lemp, one of the daughters, also shot herself around this time although it was not in the family mansion and in her own residence.

In 1941, Charles Lemp, The final Lemp to live in the mansion, shot his dog in the basement, then turned the gun on himself on a second floor room. He did leave a suicide note.

“St. Louis Mo/May 9, 1949, In case I am found dead blame it on no one but me. Ch. A. Lemp”

The mansion was eventually sold and turned into a boarding house.

Soon thereafter, guests frequently reported paranormal activity, which led to a shortage of guests. 

Some of the reports included burning sensations, strange noises, slamming doors, cold spots, and sightings of the son who had been kept in the attic.

Today, the mansion is beautiful bed and breakfast with a restaurant and event space.

Sunday night, the mansion is host to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.

Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn, Saint Louis

Lemp Mansion Hallway

 

Billy Jr.’s office where he shot himself.
Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn

 

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