The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri, is known to be one of the most haunted places in America, due a tragic history that continues to haunt people today.
The 33-room home was built in the 1860’s by William Lemp, a successful brewery owner in the midwest, who ended up killing himself in 1904 after the youngest of his four sons, Frederick, died. A few years later, his wife also died of cancer in the house. Then, in 1922, William Lemp Jr., shot himself in the same room William Sr. killed himself.
As if that weren’t enough tragedy for one place, in 1949, Charles Lemp — William’s third son — shot his dog in the basement of the home and then killed himself in his room. That same year, the house was sold and transformed into a boarding house, where reports of hauntings began. According to Destination America, witnesses have experienced burning sensations and slamming doors.
Today, The Lemp Mansion is a restaurant and inn that also holds events. On Sunday night, the inn hosts a Murder Mystery Dinner.
Although many of the original details of the home have been replaced, there are still some remaining pieces. The decorative iron gates from the open-air elevator can be viewed from the basement restaurant. In the office where William Lemp, Jr. committed suicide, there is still an Italian marble mantel. The ceiling in the parlor is hand-painted, and the mantels are intricately carved African mahogany. The main bathroom includes a glass-enclosed shower that Lemp brought back to St. Louis from an Italian hotel.[ The three vaults where the Lemps stored their art pieces are located in the rear of the home.
The Lemp Mansion is currently a restaurant and inn owned by the Pointer family; tours both historical and haunted are offered and it is a venue for murder mystery dinner theater and Halloween parties. There are other nearby buildings of historic interest including the Chatillon-DeMenil House at 3325 DeMenil Place.