According to an article published in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in 1903, the Forest Park keeper, who lived at the Cabanne House, was "allowed a cow, chickens and everything to be found in a first-class country home." Thanks to the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteer Association and friends, this structure is a first-class home again, if a little less country and a bit lighter on the livestock. The 1875 Empire-style Cabanne House (5300 Lindell Boulevard) has been completely renovated for the Saint Louis Symphony Showhouse & Gardens, a fundraising house tour that opens Friday, September 22, and runs through Sunday, October 15, with special goings-on happening each day. On Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the gardens and home each area restored in period Victorian style by nine different designers are open to the public for tours and strolls. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance (available at Dierbergs, Plaza Frontenac and the symphony's box office at Powell Symphony Hall), and sales benefit the symphony's community education and outreach efforts. Call 314-286-4468 or visit www.symphonyshowhouse.com for more information on the daily special events and hours.
Sept. 22-Oct. 15