Nestled within the City of St. Louis is the historic and alluring neighborhood of Compton Heights. It’s a great place in Missouri to spend an autumn weekend or a lifetime enjoying all that St. Louis has to offer. If you do choose to visit the vibrant, St. Louis community in the weeks ahead, consider taking in the following sights:
The Water Tower
The Compton Hill Water Tower is one place to put onto your Compton Heights “must-visit” list. Created in time for the famous 1904 World’s Fair, it was the 179-foot tall and 130-foot wide brain child of the legendary Harvey Ellis. Today, it is open to the public at select times, throughout the fall months. Daytime tours of the iconic structure are presently scheduled for October 4th and November 1st. Evening tours are slated for October 8th and November 6th. Admission for visitors over 5 years of age is a modest $5. Those physically fit enough to climb the 198 stairs to the top will have opportunities to enjoy a panoramic view. So be sure to eat your Wheaties, wear rubber soled shoes and bring your best digital camera.
Compton Hill Reservoir Park
After visiting the water tower, take a moment to check out the 35.80-acre Compton Hill Reservoir Park. It features two full length tennis courts, a children’s playground, water fountains, public restrooms and one famous outdoor sculpture. Dubbed, The Naked Truth, it dates back to 1914. The man behind its creation was none other than Prof. Wilhelm Wandschneider. Just in case you’ve never heard of Wandschneider before, there is a museum in Plau, Germany, that’s filled with the remnants of his life’s work. The park is open year round and admission is free.
Magic Chef Mansion
The Magic Chef Mansion and its surrounding 2-acre estate is another Compton Heights’ gem that just begs to be explored. Finished in 1908, it too is open for touring on select days throughout the year. The last public tour of the 2014 schedule is set to take place the afternoon of November 1st. So if you want to enjoy the stunning architecture up close, better hurry or plan on waiting until spring 2015. Admission fees start at $8 and children under 6 years of age are admitted free.
To learn more about all that the Compton Heights neighborhood has to offer visitors and residents alike this autumn, please contact us today.