Frederick Bates

Historic Village at Faust Park

As St. Louis County has become progressively developed many nineteenth century structures have been lost. However, Faust Historic Village continues to preserve the area's vernacular architecture and history. There are four homes and a total of 16 structures representing a variety of building and architectural styles, from log to brick. Spanning a period from possibly as early as 1817 to 1910, the Village illustrates differences in lifestyle representing various professions, developments and needs of the period.

  • Miles A. Seed Carriage House  - The lone survivor of the estate of Miles A. Seed, an early inventor of photography equipment, this building shows the late 1800s way of storing your vehicles. This building now serves as the Park Office and Visitor Center. 
  • Hoch House (pronounced Hoke) - Relocated from the area of Chesterfield Pkwy and Olive Blvd. This typical German brick cottage was built around 1880, by a second generation immigrant and brick maker, Henry Hoch.
  • Yokel Barn - Originally located at Chesterfield Parkway and Conway Road, is a typical timber framed structure of its time. This building currently serves as a woodworking shop. 
  • Conway House - Elegant 1850s home that was built by Dr. Frederick Bates, son of Missouri’s second
    governor. It was originally located across Olive Blvd from the park entrance.
  • Warmbrodt Summer Kitchen  - Located in the Bates-Conway complex, this was built in Lemay in the 1850s.
  • Heritage Garden - Features medicinal, fragrance, culinary and ornamental plants, from period stock. Garden guides are kept in the green and white box near the garden’s front corner. All Village gardens are tended by dedicated volunteers.
  • Mertz Cabin - Home of Ludwig and Salome Mertz, began as a modest, single room log home in 1848 when the family first arrived in the United States. By 1858 it had grown into a four room home to house their expanding family. On just thirty acres (now part of Maryville University), the family grew potatoes, corn, peas, and beans, with enough oats and hay to support eight dairy cows.
  • Davis House - The original home is a two story log structure built sometime between 1817 when Steven Lanham bought the property and 1841 when he died. The house was renovated throughout the 1800s until it took its current form by the end of that century. 
  • The Sellenriek Barn - A log structure with a timber framed extension, was probably built before the Civil War. Frank Sellenriek was the son of Franz, an immigrant from Prussia. Frank’s farm was originally located across from the Mormon Temple on Hwy 40 in present day Town and Country.
  • The Schlueter Barn - Originally built off Sulphur Springs Road, south of Manchester on modern Catania Drive.
  • The Alt Schoolhouse - Originally located on Reinke Road in Ellisville. This school was built by the members of the Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Congregation UAC, formed in 1851.
  • Spanish Lake Blacksmith Shop -  “The last surviving original blacksmith shop in the county.” Build by Jake Wilhelm in 1876 near the present day intersection of Bellefontaine Road and Parker Road.
  • Fenton Mercantile - Built by John DeSalme and Henry Ludwig in 1908 to replace an original blacksmith shop that stood at the intersection of Main Street and Ware Street in Historic Fenton.

Click here for a brochure with more detail about all of the structures within the Historic Village

Tours and Programs
The Historic Village is open for tours on select weekends in March, April, June and July. Staff in period costume offer a variety of demonstrations and free tours. Thornhill, the oldest standing governor’s residence in the State of Missouri, will also be open on select dates in Spring and Summer.  Please call (314) 615-8328 or find us on Facebook for more information.

Guided Tours
A custom 90-minute tour that includes the inside and outside of the restored homes can be scheduled for groups of up to 50 people by appointment by calling (314) 615-8FAU.

Self-Guided Tours
The Historic Village can be viewed from the outside year round. 

Pets ARE NOT allowed in the historic areas of Faust Park