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H.C. Pierce Residence Album

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Identifier: P0554

Title: H.C. Pierce Residence Album

Description: Henry Clay Pierce (1849-1927) was a St. Louis businessman and financier. His business interests included railroads, oil, and finance. He and his father-in-law, William H. Waters, established the Walters-Pierce Oil Company (later controlled by Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company). The H.C. Pierce Residence photo album has 56 identified photographs showing the exterior and furnished interior of the Henry Clay Pierce mansion at 40 Vandeventer Place in St. Louis. Albany, New York architects Fuller and Wheeler designed the home in a Richardson Romanesque Revival style popular in the 1880s. Construction on the mansion began in 1886 and took three years to complete. When it was finished the $850,000, 26-room mansion had 15 bedrooms, a third floor ballroom, stained glass windows designed by Louis Tiffany, a separate building to house its 22 servants, and a stable and carriage building. After the death of Pierce's wife in 1910, he moved to New York and never returned. (Previously called Photograph Album 64.) Subjects include: architecture; residences; view of Vandeventer Place and its entrances; entrance hall; furniture; parlors; living rooms; dining room; light fixtures; bedrooms; Perle Pierce on horseback.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1889 - 1893

Type(s): Collection




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