Wyeth Tootle Mansion
St. Joseph is known for an extensive collection of beautiful mansions built around the turn of the century, and the Wyeth Tootle Mansion at the corner of Eleventh and Charles Streets is a prime example. With three floors, a tower and more than 40 rooms, it stands today as one of the best examples of St. Joseph’s late 19th-century wealth and opulence, featuring stunning woodwork, hand-painted ceilings and imported stained glass.
In 1879, William and Eliza Wyeth hired architect E. J. Eckel to design a mansion resembling the castles they had seen on the Rhine River as they were traveling in Germany. This 43-room Gothic style mansion combines an example of the homes of early prominent St. Joseph residents with exhibits on the history of St. Joseph.
The first floor of the Wyeth Tootle Mansion has been restored to its Victorian grandeur. Old photographs of each room help visitors visualize the interior as it was around 1900. Each room’s ceiling is impressively different, from the cherubs that float above the Louis XVI parlor to the dark rich colors that cover the Moorish room. Ornate parquet floors and walnut woodwork change from room to room.
Historical exhibits include portraits of prestigious St. Joseph citizens of the time, a timeline of the growth of St. Joseph in the 1800s and Enterprising St. Joseph, which showcases St. Joseph businesses, such as Aunt Jemima Pancake Flour, that had a national or international impact. Another second floor exhibit room features Edifice: The Architecture of E. J. Eckel, the architect of the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion and the founder of the firm responsible for 75 percent of the buildings in St. Joseph. The exhibit focuses on his life and the lasting impact of his accomplishments.
The Intersections: Of Time and Buildings exhibit is housed in three newly renovated rooms on the second floor. The exhibit explores the intersections of history, art, architecture, and humanities as well as the past, present, and future of the City. Museum professionals, preservationists, scholars, and local artists all worked together on this innovative project. Intersections is a combination art exhibit, exploration of St. Joseph’s history, and imagining of the role of historic preservation in the City’s future. The exhibit was created by the St. Joseph Museum in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Friends of St. Joseph.
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Wyeth-Tootle Mansion is open by special reservation, event or group tour only until April 2016 when regular weekend hours resume. Please call 816-232-8471 for more information or to schedule a group visit. Admission for individuals and groups is cash or check only, please.
Since the Mansion is available to rent for private events it may be closed to the public for a short time. Please check as you plan your visit to note if a private event is scheduled at the Mansion. For a rate sheet with information on renting the Mansion for an event, please call 816-232-8471. Looking for a hotel near the Wyeth Tootle Mansion?
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The parlors of the 1879 Wyeth-Tootle Mansion provide an elegant backdrop for parties, rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers, and intimate weddings. For corporate events, the Mansion is your private setting for training sessions, holiday parties, mixers, and retreats.
Whatever type of event you are planning, we will assist you in planning the details. To inquire about rates and availability, please contact Kathy Reno at 816-232-8471 ext. 13 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about events at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion, View the video here.
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