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Go Back In Time–Tour the Tower and the Mansion!

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Compton Hill Water Tower

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by Debbie Monterrey dcmonterrey@cbs.com

Take a trip back in time in one of St. Louis City’s most beautiful neighborhoods!

On the first Saturday of every month, April 5th through November 1st, the Compton Hill Water Tower and the Magic Chef Mansion will be open to the public.

Compton Hill Water Tower

Compton Hill Water Tower

Magic Chef Mansion

Magic Chef Mansion


The Magic Chef Mansion at 3400 Russell, completed in 1908 for kitchen stove maker Charles Stockstrom, is a 12,000-square foot, 30-room private home. It stayed in the Stockstrom family until 1990 when Shelley Donaho purchased it and began a 24-year restoration project. It is a City of St. Louis Historic Landmark.
Magic Chef Mansion

Magic Chef Mansion


The Compton Hill Water Tower is essentially a gorgeous wrapper for a 100-foot tall standpipe built in the late 1800s to equalize water pressure in the city’s water supply. The tower was completed in 1898. There are 198 iron spiral steps leading up to the observation deck where visitors can get an incredible 360-degree view of the City.
Photo by Michael C. Daft

Photo by Michael C. Daft


Although it was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972, the City considered demolishing the Tower in 1995 because it had been so neglected and needed major repairs. Citizens sprung to its rescue and eventually, the Water Tower & Park Preservation Society, Inc., was formed and spearheaded a $19-million dollar restoration project!

Both attractions do charge admission. The Compton Hill Water Tower is $5 for adults, $3 for children, under 5 are free. The Magic Chef Mansion is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, children 6-12 $8, kids under 6 are free.

The Magic Chef stove still works! (Photo by Magic Chef Mansion)

The Magic Chef stove still works! (Photo by Magic Chef Mansion)

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