Cabanne House in Forest Park


The Cabanne House was the first brick farmhouse west of the Mississippi River. Jean Pierre Cabanne built the house on the site that is Forest Park in 1819.

The current Cabanne House is situated in a wooded site near the Union Avenue entrance to Forest Park. Constructed in 1875 from plans drawn by St. Louis architect James H. McNamara, the Second Empire style house was conceived as part of the original Master Plan for Forest Park. The Cabanne House was completed in June 1876, in time for the formal dedication of Forest Park.

The house was used as a residence for park superintendents and commissioners for many years. Its rooms have 14 foot ceilings, tall windows, and decorative marble mantels. The mansard roof is a hallmark of mid-Victorian architecture of the period following the Civil War.

In 2006 Cabanne House was the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteer Association’s Showcase House. Numerous designers and contractors renovated the Cabanne House bringing new life to this gem in Forest Park. The total value of the renovation exceeded $600,000.

Rental fees for use of the Cabanne House Sunday through Saturday are as follows:

 Event Inside the House (Catered or non-Catered event)  

4 Hour Time Slot    (12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.)                       $350.00
6 Hour Time Slot   (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)                        $500.00

Wedding Ceremonies Inside/Outside House

4 Hour Time Slot (12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.)                         $500.00*
6 Hour Time Slot (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)                         $700.00*
*Includes use of the Bride’s Room inside the house and the 20′ x 40′ tent outside of the house.  Equipment (chairs, sound system, etc.) must be rented from a private source for all ceremonies held outside.

Event Inside/Outside the House (Catered Events)

6 Hour Time Slot  (6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight)                                                       $1,000.00**
**  Includes use of the 20′ x 40′ tent outside of the house.  All other equipment (chairs, sound system, etc.) must be rented from a private source.                          

 In addition to the rental fee, a $500.00 security deposit is required.  The security deposit is due 60 days after the contract is signed or 6 months before the event (whichever comes first). Deposit will be forfeited in the event of damage to park property, missing or damaged park equipment, failure to leave the Cabanne House in a clean condition, and/or failure to comply with the rules and conditions stated in the contract. 

An insurance certificate of property damage in the amount of $50,000 and personal liability insurance in the amount of not less than $100,000 for injury to one person and not less than $300,000 to two or more persons in each accident is required and must be received at least 6 months prior to the event.  The following wording must appear on the certificate or it will not be acceptable:  “The City of St. Louis and its employees and agents are additional insured’s.”

Please note:  The authorized caterers have a security deposit and insurance on file with the Park Department.  In most cases, the caterer will let you use their security deposit and insurance so you don’t have provide same. 


OVERALL Price Range of Venue
$ Inexpensive

Venue Style
Classic, Outdoor Area, Tall Ceilings

Number of Guests:
None - 50 for Seated Event; 100 for Cocktail Reception

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Contact Representative

Direct Phone Number
(314) 289-5330


Handicap Accessible?
There are a few steps into the house. The Bride's ready room is upstairs and has steps.

Audio Visual Capability
None provided

What's Included
Bridal Prep Area, Tent Possible, Patio, Scenic View

Cake Cutting Charge?

Dance Floor Included?

Decorations Permitted?
Nothing attached to the walls.

Parking Options?
Free Parking

Ceremony Only Area
You can set up a ceremony area outdoors as well.

Describe Outdoor Area
Cabanne House is located in Forest Park. Beautiful trees and grassy area.

Rehearsal Policy?
By Appointment

Good Photograpy Areas Close?
It's Forest Park - Of course!

How many Separate Event Spaces are available?

Do you Host more than 1 Event at a Time

Do you flip the room from Ceremony To Reception?
The house itself is very small. Depending on the number of guests it might be possible to hold both the ceremony and reception indoors.

Food Prepared In-House?

When is Food Tasting

Outside Catering Options
YES - Check with the park for their Preferred Catering Companies

Are there preferred catering companies?

Price Range of Food Services / Per / Person?

Food & Beverage Minimum

Is Bar Service Provided In House or by a contracted service provider?
Non provided

Do you have a liquor license?

Does price include Basic Liquor Service?

Cost to upgrade to a Premium Bar Service?

How Far Away are the closest hotels?
Many hotels around Forest Park.

Do you have special price arrangement? If so, who with?

Do you have In House Options for rooms for the Bridal Couple?

Do you have In House Options for rooms for guests?


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