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Name:  Henry Shaw Town House
Address:  2315 Tower Grove Avenue
Architectural Firm/Architect:   George Ingham Barnett
Alterations:   Relocated from downtown St. Louis in 1890.
Designation: City Landmark, National Historic Landmark,
This tall three-story townhouse was originally built for Henry Shaw in 1850 at the southwest corner of Seventh and Locust Streets. Shaw, who had made his fortune in mercantile pursuits and real estate, had retired by that time and had completed his new country home at Tower Grove the previous year. For his city home, Shaw chose a design by architect George 1. Barnett that was inspired by a Florentine palace. After Shaw´s death in 1889, and according to a provision of his will, the house was razed and relocated on the grounds of his Missouri Botanical Garden, where it now houses offices and related activities of the Garden. The house´s downtown site became the location of the Mercantile Club, later Compton Building, in 1893.

Shaw, Henry

Henry Shaw Town House
Henry Shaw Town House
Henry Shaw Town House
Henry Shaw Town House
Henry Shaw Town House



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