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Faust Park Historical Village Schoolhouse

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Faust Park

15185 Olive Boulevard

Chesterfield, MO 63017

Alt School House

Faust Park is located on a tract of land that once belonged to the second governor of Missouri, Frederick Bates. Bates acquired 1,000 acres on the southern bank of the Missouri River in 1808 and 1809. At that time, Bates was the Secretary for the Upper Louisiana Territory. Bates named his estate Thornhill and built a house on the grounds between 1817 and 1819. Bates was elected Missouri’s second Governor in 1824 and died in office a year later. Much of the Thornhill estate was eventually acquired by Leicester Busch Faust and his wife Mary who donated the first 100 acres of the park in 1968. The park was dedicated and opened to the public in 1973. The Thornhill complex, including the main house, the two barns, granary, and other outbuildings, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Restoration of Thornhill proceeded over several phases in the 1980s and was completed in 1990. Thornhill is open to the public by reservation or on special occasions, although visitors may walk the grounds of the estate during park hours.  Through the bequest of Mary Plant Faust, the park was doubled in size following her death in 1996 at the age of 95. Faust Park is also the site of the St. Louis Carousel, the Faust Historical Village, and the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.  Faust Village preserves the area’s vernacular architecture and history. The village consists of four homes and multiple other structures including a schoolhouse, carriage house, and blacksmith shop, along with period gardens.




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