Raising Funds for Clemens Mansion

$175 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 9 months
I’m Jim Meiners, curator of urban archeology display at the City Museum in downtown St. Louis.

We are raising funds to enable salvaged architectural artifacts from the Clemens Mansion to be displayed as part of a public installation in St. Louis.

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About the cause:
We have salvaged major elements of the Clemens Mansion, including intact window surrounds, entry arch, columns, and cast iron quoins. Eight entirely perfect windows with Eliza's face are available for a museum display, and we would like to rebuild a portion of the facade as part of the public installation. For the rebuild, we will use brick from the outside of the mansion as well as stone, porch railings and interior trim.

We are thrilled at the opportunity to preserve a portion of the the scale and beauty of this structure, and display it in a collection where the public can touch, interact, and study the craftsmanship of this historic St. Louis building.

In addition, we plan on going in the back yard and finding and digging the privy which has long-buried artifacts which date back to the building of the house.

At this time, we are in discussions with several St. Louis-based organizations to collaborate on a final local site to house the collection. Discussions are ongoing with the City Museum downtown, a possible site in Old North St. Louis, and others.

History of the Clemens Mansion:
The property sits on the northern outskirts of Downtown St. Louis at 1849 Cass Avenue. In 1858, James Clemens Jr. constructed the iron-clad home adorned with the memory of his late wife, Eliza Mullanphy Clemens.

Eliza passed away from cholera in 1852, 6 years before the completion of the home. Clemens commissioned architect, Patrick Walsh, to construct the Greek Revival style mansion with cast iron features to ensure that the structure would be fire-proof. It is believed that iron ornaments adorning the 25 exterior windows were created from a cast of Eliza’s death mask. Plaster artist, Porter White, reproduced Eliza’s image throughout the house. Eliza’s face could be found in plaster window lintels, ornamental ceiling moldings, and above the mantels.

Please donate what you can. Funds will be used to reimburse for costs of special equipment and crew needed during the deconstruction process, and for planning and executing the final exhibit.
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$175 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 9 months
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