Jarville House, Queeny Park

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Update: The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog has moved back to New York City.

Jarville House is one of the oldest houses in St. Louis County, built in 1853. It was built in the Greek Revival style, but when it was purchased by Edgar Queeny, the son of the founder of Monsanto, it was expanded in the Georgian Revival style, which is highly compatible to the original.

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The library is now in what is most likely the former carriage house.

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Queeny Park, where most people in West County have visited to see the Greensfelder Center, is actually a wild and rugged park, where most people never explore.

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When I first saw this house, thick hedges blocked the view of the road; now the original gates stand free of brush.

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A garden lies to the north of the house.

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  1. Edgar Queeny was the son of Monsanto’s founder, John F. Queeny.

    An interesting fact about the property: the original carriage house (now demolished) was remodeled into Edgar Queeny’s film studio, where he and and a crew edited several documentary films. Some of these films were released to movie theaters by Walt Disney. Disney and Edgar Queeny became friends after Disney had heard of Queeny’s film, “White Lightning,” about salmon in Canada. Queeny had figured out how to film underwater.

  2. I love the Queeny history. I am a retired Monsanto employee. What will happen to this place when the Museum of the Dog transfers to, I believe, New York?

    • That is a great question, Pamela. I think St. Louis County needs to start thinking about that now, as the Dog Museum is moving in the next year.

    • Does anyone know the purpose of the low-slung building at the rear of the house, down the hill a bit in the Southwest corner? Kitchen? Smokehouse? Bunkhouse?

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