Before becoming home to what is sure to be one of the most sought-after venues in St. Louis, the Maison du Lac property boasts a rich history that dates back to the 1840s.
The Catawissa Stone House on the lake, Maison du Lac, was built in 1843 using local stone from the owners quarry and is the second oldest house in the area. The house was sold in 1909 to the Quennoz Family who worked the property as a truck farm.
It wasn’t until 74 years later in 1983 that the house was sold to its next owners, Dennis Kaim and Larry Kisner. The previous owner, then a 92 year old woman, was still pumping well water by hand in her kitchen sink. Kaim and Kisner updated and restored the house, resided there, and began raising and selling llamas as a hobby. The property soon after became a full time farm operating under the name Catawissa Llamas. The 4 acre lake was created in the mid 1980’s, adding to the remarkable beauty of the land.
In 2017 Cecily Hoffius and Judith Bellos, owners of Ces & Judy’s Catering, purchased the property. At the same time, purchasing the adjacent 4 acre property from heirs of the Quennoz family. This land become the lighted parking lot adjacent to the rear of The Venue.
The luxurious bridal ready room and groom’s quarters inside the Catawissa Stone House are available to bridal parties on their Wedding Day.
The Venue, a soaring contemporary building designed by Tao + Lee Associates, is nestled lakeside and surrounded by 25 acres of land offering beautiful views from its all glass front wall. Whether you are hosting a wedding, a corporate or social event of 50 to 300, The Venue, the beautifully restored 19th century house, and rustic barn offers an unforgettable step back and then forward in time. This allows you to create your own amazing destination event close to home.