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History

Inside the stone walls of Audubon’s, a century of memories have been made. We are one of Ste. Genevieve’s most historic buildings in one of Missouri’s most historic towns.

Where the past. . .

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Our story began in 1901 when a businessman by the name of Charles Petrequin purchased a piece of land for $2,280. This land was located on the corner of Main and Merchant in the quaint town of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Construction of a brick building began and in two years time, the Palace Bar would open for business under the management of Mr. Ed Sexauer.

 

One year later, the establishment grew to include the Gem Lunch Room and the City Hotel. Guests were welcomed to a place where they could get laughter and a spirit, a friendly smile and a tasty meal, and a cozy room to stay. 

 

The City Hotel opened in 1904, owned and operated by J.W. McHenry, McHenry offered his patrons a one-night stay for only $2. By 1906, McHenry had to declare bankruptcy and close the hotel down.

In January of 1907, Bill Herbstreith, or as locals knew him by City Bill, reopened the City Hotel. Though it is unclear what the price of a one-night stay was at that time, it is safe to assume it was more than $2

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Large enough to accommodate more than the three establishments, this brick building would add an additional two businesses: James Beauchamp’s barbershop and Eugene Stanton’s plumbing company. The corner of Main and Merchant quickly became the jewel of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

 

In the months and years to follow, the story of this building would grow to include numerous fires, name changes, owner changes, become a location of firsts (first TV in Ste. Genevieve County), and unfortunately be the last place some individuals would take their last breath. Over the years, some have even claimed they’ve experienced the presence of a spirit. Given the building’s history, it’s definitely possible.

Today, not much has changed. You can still find laughter and a spirit at the Palace Bar. A friendly smile will always greet you when dining in the award-winning Audubon’s Restaurant. And of course, a cozy room awaits you in our beautifully renovated Audubon’s Hotel.

If you want a place where you can experience the wonders of the past while enjoying the luxuries of the present, Audubon’s in Historic Ste. Genevieve is the place you want to be. Come visit and stay a while. Renew old friendships or create new memories. 

 

. . .meets the present!