"It totally speaks to the time, you had coal dust and the gas light fixtures," says Niemeier. "It shows the general filth and pollution coming in through that window."
This is also not the first time some ne'er-do-well has hit the museum coffers. A week and a half ago, a museum employee gave six visitors a tour and put their entrance fees into a cash box kept in a dresser drawer in the building's foyer. When the tour guide returned, the money was gone.
The official police report on yesterday's break-in hasn't been filed yet, and "the investigation is ongoing" according to a police spokesperson. According to Niemeier, there's little to go on in terms of who did this.
"Robert Campbell," the fur trader, merchant, and real estate mogul who moved into the home in 1854, tweeted his own thoughts on the matter this morning:
The Schlafly brewery tweeted back that beers are on the house tonight.
Check out more pictures of the damage after the jump.