A fine and private place

Pleasantries and manners:
starched swish of crinolined skirts,
shadowed by tapered candles, flickering;
crystal singing on the dinner table
with cigars in the parlor and
soft voices in the garden;
the muted clicks of carriage wheels,
passing, rolling on the cobbled street.
It is a fine and private place,
now occupying a lone space,
but still offering a seat
in the garden.

The Campbell House was the first home to occupy a lot in Lucas Place. Built in 1851, it was the home of the fur trader Robert Campbell and his descendants from 1854 to 1938. Today, it is the only former residence left on Lucas Place, and houses a museum of life in St. Louis in the Victorian period. The official address today is 1508 Locust St.

The photograph below is a picture of Hugh Campbell’s diary, a photostat of which can be seen at the museum. Hugh was the older brother of Robert.

About stlouisisapoem

We live in this poem called St. Louis, a poem we're still writing. It's about history, and art, and politics, and business, buildings and streets, rich and poor, and food (of course), and all of the other things that make this city what it is and what it will become. We publish poems about St. Louis, and you're invited to contribute via the comments to posts (for now, until we get our communications organized). Send us a link or an email address, and we'll respond. Help us write the poem that is St. Louis.
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2 Responses to A fine and private place

  1. Kelly Sauer says:

    I love how poetry makes the history ever so much more interesting. If only they did this in museums, I might not hate them so much….

  2. Shelley says:

    Woot! Thanks for writing such a lovely poem about us! We love this house, and we’re glad you do too…..and we’re especially glad you shared your work with the blogosphere. Keep up the great work!

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