French Historic Places in the St. Louis Area

The St. Louis Metropolitan area was once owned by the French. French trappers and French Catholic priests where some of the first Europeans to come to the area. Actually, the city of St. Louis was established in 1764 by a Frenchman, Pierre Laclede, as a French trading post named after the King of France, Louis IX. So to say that the St. Louis area was influenced by the French is historically true. It is fortunate that the French influence can still be seen in a few remaining structures. See the list below.

Creole House
Creole House - The Creole House is located in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois and was built in 1800 in the French Creole architectural style of Poteaux-en-terre (vertical post in the ground). It is on the National Register of Historical Places. - More Info Tags: 62277, Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Felix Valle State Historic Site
Felix Valle State Historic Site - The Felix Valle State Historic Site, located in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, has several buildings and includes a native limestone home built in 1818 which served as a mercantile store, as well. - More Info Tags: 63670, Sainte Genevieve Missouri
Fort de Chartres
Fort de Chartres - Fort de Chartres is located in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois. The stone fort was built by the French to govern the Illinois Country in 1760. Today a portion of the fort has been reconstructed. - More Info Tags: 62277, Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site - Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site is located near Ellis Grove, Illinois. The earthworks are all that remains of the fort that was built by the French in 1703 to protect the town of Kaskaskia. - More Info Tags: 62241, Ellis Grove Illinois
Historic Cahokia Courthouse
Historic Cahokia Courthouse - The Historic Cahokia Courthouse was built in 1740 and is an example of French Creole architecture, one of the few examples left in the United States. It is located in St. Clair County in Cahokia, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois, Museums
Historic Holy Family Log Church
Historic Holy Family Log Church - The Historic Holy Family Log Church is located in Cahokia, Illinois, and is an excellent example of late 1700's French Creole architecture. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois, Church
Jarrot Mansion
Jarrot Mansion - The Jarrot Mansion, home of the French entrepreneur Nicholas Jarrot, was built in 1807 and is one of the oldest masonry buildings in the state of Illinois and is a National Historic Landmark. - More Info Tags: 62206, Cahokia Illinois
Louis Bolduc House
Louis Bolduc House - The Louis Bolduc House, located in Historic Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, was built in the early 1790's in the French Creole style of architecture known as "poteaux-sur-sole". - More Info Tags: 63670, Sainte Genevieve Missouri
Martin-Boismenue House
Martin-Boismenue House - The Martin-Boismenue House, a French Creole home built in 1790, is located in East Carondelet, Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62240, East Carondelet Illinois, Museums
Pierre Menard Home Historic Site
Pierre Menard Home Historic Site - The Pierre Menard Home Historic Site is located in Ellis Grove Illinois. The home was built around 1815 by Pierre Menard, the first Lieutenant Governor of the then new State of Illinois. - More Info Tags: 62241, Ellis Grove Illinois
Prairie du Rocher
Prairie du Rocher - Prairie du Rocher is located in Randolph County Illinois and was settled as a French farming community in 1722. - More Info Tags: 62277, Prairie du Rocher Illinois
Sainte Genevieve
Sainte Genevieve - The city of Sainte Genevieve is a historic French colonial village and is situated along the Mighty Mississippi River. It is located one hour south of the city of St. Louis in Ste. Genevieve County Missouri. - More Info Tags: 63670, Sainte Genevieve Missouri

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