Magic Chef Mansion open for tours

November 28, 2018 by  

Olivette residents and others in the St. Louis area have an opportunity to kick off the Christmas season in style, with a tour of the Magic Chef Mansion.

The mansion, which comprises 12,000 square feet, was designed by Ernst Janssen and built in 1908. Janssen designed it for Charles Stockstom, who founded the Quick Meal Stove Company, which was later renamed Magic Chef.

Stockstrom died in 1935, aged 83, and his daughter, Adda Ohmeyer, remained in residence at the Mansion until she too passed away in 1990. The house was sold to its present owner that year, and prior to the sale, a public auction was held. During the auction, many of the fixtures and furnishings were sold.

When the new family moved in, they began tracking down some of these items, buying them back and replacing them in the house. The mansion has now been restored to its elegant turn-of-the-century appearance, complete with period furnishings and the original lighting.

The tours allow visitors to see the first floor, the bowling alley and speakeasy in the basement, and the carriage house, where Christmas spirits will be available. Organizers of events like this can use poster printing to create directional signs for visitors.

Tickets are only available in advance, and will not be sold at the door. The two-day event takes place this Friday, November 30, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, and again Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Further information is available by calling 314-664-3400.