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Hall Street Historic District

Hall Street, Between 6th And 9th Streets, Saint Joseph, MO 64501
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I think I have fallen in love!

Spent 2 nights at the Shakepeare Chateau and it is located here on Historic Hall street. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Independence, Missouri
Only drove pass

We did not stop but drove thru to see the houses and what was around. It was interesting if you... read more

Reviewed June 24, 2018
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Hall Street, placed on the National Historic Register in 1979, is home to an incomparable inventory of magnificent mansions. Known locally as "mansion row" or "millionaire's row," Hall Street housed some of the wealthiest residents of Old Saint Jo, a town that boasted the highest per-capita income in the United States during the Victorian gilded age. It's not hard to imagine the horse-drawn carriages and splendid social events that graced this street in its heyday.Today, Hall Street is enjoying an amazing renaissance, as the ravages of time are reversed by a few enterprising owners. Take, for example, the stately Richardson Romanesque designed by architect Harvey Ellis at 802 Hall Street, built in 1890 for the influential Tootle family. A storybook castle, indeed, complete with turrets and towers, wrought-iron balconies, and gracious landscaped grounds. Recently under extensive renovation by a private owner, this jewel is being polished to shine again.Across the street is the chateauesque beauty known as the Shakespeare Chateau, recently re-opened as a Bed-and-Breakfast, tour home, and event venue. This amazing home, built in 1885 and designed by architects Eckel and Mann, contains the most lavish and elegant interior - all original - you're likely to behold. It includes more than 45 artisan-crafted stained-glass windows, each one original to the building and each one a phenomenon of brilliance and design. This home is open for tours by appointment, and is well worth a visit. See pictures and more information at the Shakespeare Chateau website.And then there’s the Schuster Mansion at 702 Hall Street, built in 1879, and presently in private ownership. It’s the largest of the grand mansions in the Hall Street District at over 12,000 square feet sitting on a generous 2.5 acres of land. The imposing Italianate façade is complemented by extensive ironwork roof ornamentation, and within the 3-1/2 storey mansion you’ll find frescoed plaster ceilings, expansive mosaic tile and parquet floors, a griffon-adorned mantelpiece, and original woodwork and lighting throughout. Mr. Schuster was hardly finished building his impressive home when, a few years later, his daughter was betrothed. He set about building a second home next door, now known as the “Schuster Daughter” mansion at 631 Hall Street, finished in 1889. This exceptional building has ornate roof ornamentation and a complexly detailed exterior. The (mostly) original interior is quite fabulous, featuring an encaustic tile mosaic floor in the foyer, beautiful woodwork and floors, and a fine collection of remarkable stained glass. This magnificent home is presently available on the real-estate market, awaiting a new owner.The Hosea House at 801 Hall Street is reputed to be the oldest house on Hall Street. Much of its original character was lost to a 1990s renovation, but this wonderful single-family home now contains all of the modern amenities and is set on a spacious well-kept lot that includes garage/workshop space at the back.The gracious C.D. Smith house at 718 N. 7th on the corner of 7th Street and Hall is an Italianate mansion set on beautifully landscaped grounds. A private home for more than 15 years, it has been extensively renovated inside to accommodate all the modern amenities. A lovely wrap-around porch invites summertime outdoor living and is the perfect backdrop for holiday decorating.These notes are limited to the mansions along Hall Street itself, but the Hall Street Historic District includes a number of other homes along 7th and 8th Streets. For information on other homes in the District, and for more historical detail and notes see the LivingPlaces website and look under Buchanan County Missouri, Saint Joseph City.The descriptions on this website include the following note related to the significance of Hall Street:”The Hall Street Historic District is significant for its concentration of imposing residential buildings which are excellent examples of Post Civil War 19th century and early 20th century architectural styles including Italianate, Second Empire, Chateauesque, Romanesque, Revival, Queen Anne, Neo-classical Revival and eclectic. These homes have additional significance as the residences of the "Merchant Princes" of St. Joseph's Golden Age. Located just to the south and east of the Hall Street Historic District stood the Market Square Historic District, its commercial counterpart. New prosperity flourished in the 1870's, 1880's and the 1890's; the great wholesale houses and associated banks supported the families that built and/or lived in the fine homes of Hall Street Historic District. With much of the Market Square area destroyed by Urban Renewal projects, the significance of this area increases as it serves as a reminder of the late 19th century wealth and culture of the city. During the first quarter of the 20th century, large homes continued to be built which created a greater density and cohesive quality to the neighborhood. Recognizing the significance of an area which reflects both commercial and cultural wealth, the structures of this prestigious area are now afforded protection under a city ordinance designating it as the St. Joseph Historic District Number One.”
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent 2 nights at the Shakepeare Chateau and it is located here on Historic Hall street. The Chateau is fabulous, the tour extraordinary and we were up and down the entire street multiple time trying to take in all the history and beauty. The passion...More

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

We did not stop but drove thru to see the houses and what was around. It was interesting if you are interested in old architecture.More

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

The architecture of the Hall Street Historic District reflects a range of styles built during the period from 1860 through the turn of the 20th century - an era when American architecture and design flourished. The district showcases very fine examples of Italianate, Romanesque, Second...More

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Reviewed September 19, 2017

Don't leave St. Joe without going here! Surely these were the mansion of the time. You can park and walk around the area, take pictures and see how the VERY VERY wealthy lived! They are still in the process of restoring some of the mansion!...More

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2017

Thank you for visiting Hall Street, also known as Mansion Row, here in St. Joseph, Missouri. This historic district is a destination for lovers of architecture and gilded-age elegance. And you're right that significant restoration is underway right now, so I hope you'll plan a...More

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Reviewed September 12, 2017

I happened upon this area as I drove around St. Joe during my eclipse visit. I would have loved to see the inside of this home and others. It's obvious, many, many hours of loving labor has been put into restoration. A number of homes...More

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2017

Thank you for visiting St. Joseph during the Great American Eclipse this past August. I'm delighted that you found Historic Hall Street, St. Joseph's premier landmark district, where the gilded-age architecture is amazing! And with restoration ongoing, it is only getting better! Hope you can...More

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Reviewed September 5, 2017

Fun to walk around the blocks and take photos of all the old homes. St Joseph Missouri has lots of history and old buildings. A great place to take a day trip.

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2017

Thanks, Cathy, for visiting Hall Street and for posting a review on TripAdvisor. St. Joseph does, indeed, have a wealth of gilded-age mansions, churches, and commercial buildings that attract photographers and history enthusiasts like yourself. Hope you can return for another visit soon!

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Reviewed June 12, 2017

We enjoy seeking out beautifully restored historic homes, and we were encouraged by the work being done on Hall Street. Luckily, Isabelle let us look around the first floor and lobby of the Shakespeare Chateau, and we were thoroughly impressed! There are other very stately...More

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2017

Thank you for visiting Hall Street, and for stopping at the Shakespeare Chateau for a brief tour. You are correct that a lot of investment is being made in restoration of the fabulous gilded-age mansions here on Hall Street. I hope you'll come back again...More

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Reviewed April 5, 2017

I have twice taken out of town relatives to tour the Shakespeare Chateau. Both groups were so impressed with the informative and interesting tour given by Isobel, the owner of the bed and breakfast mansion. It truly is a national treasure! Cameras are welcome and...More

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2017

Thank you for visiting, Laura, and for touring the Shakespeare Chateau here on Hall Street, St. Joseph's premier historic district. I always love to hear from repeat visitors, and am thrilled that your aunts will return for an overnight stay!

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Reviewed March 29, 2017

great turn of the century mansions, most in need of TLC, but fun to walk and see architectural wondersMore

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

Thank you for visiting the Hall Street Historic District, Dennis. This National Register district is home to an outstanding collection of gilded-age architecture. Several of the mansions on Hall Street, as well as other homes and two historic churches, will be open for a tour...More

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Reviewed February 14, 2017

We found this hill of mansions after getting some advice from the Pony Express Museum. Two police officers happened to be on the street when we got there and they gave us some good information about the houses. They took photos for us and then...More

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

I'm so happy to hear that you discovered Hall Street on your visit to St. Joseph! If you would like to tour the interior of several of these wonderful Victorian-era homes, don't miss the second annual "Jewels of St. Joseph" homes tour later this year....More

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Reviewed November 9, 2016

Take the drive. Most of the homes are occupied but some aren't. It is still very impressive to see what St. Joseph looked like in her Hey Day.More

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Isobel M, Public Relations Manager at Hall Street Historic District, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2017

Thank you, Helen. I agree, the drive through the Hall Street Historic District is like taking a trip back in time to the gilded age. Coming up later this year, several houses on Hall Street plus homes and churches in other historic areas will be...More

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The Jewels of St. Joseph tour will be held Sunday September 18, 2016 from 10:00am - 5:00pm, and will include 8 houses. The Shakespeare Chateau is the headquarters where the tour will start. Two other houses on Hall Street... More
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