As legend has it, Robert E. Lee happened upon the land that now makes up current-day Richmond Heights after being stationed in St. Louis with the Army Corps of Engineers before the Civil War. Lee was in awe of the area’s natural beauty, which reflected the beauty of the city of Richmond, Virginia—his home state. The name “Richmond” was borrowed, with “Heights” added later due to the city’s land being among the highest in St. Louis County.
Area historical authorities have connected the beginning of the city’s development to a substantial section of land that, at one point, was owned by Frederick Neisen, a well-to-do real estate man from St. Louis. Neisen initially acquired the land from Arman Francois Robert, the Count of Giverville of the
Cabanne family. After obtaining this piece of land in 1892, Neisen constructed a mansion that was located at what is now the intersection of Dale and Bellevue Avenues. Several families joined him in the area over the next decade or so.
The 1904 World’s Fair brought in John Rankin Dyer, a developer who purchased 120 acres just south of Neisen’s property. Over the years, Neisen and Dyer worked together to develop more homes in the area. By Richmond Heights’s incorporation on December 29, 1913, the area was home to a population of 500, which has grown over the years to a modest size of about 10,000.
Prominent residents who have called Richmond Heights home include Aviator Charles Lindbergh, engineer Leif Sverdrup, musician Chuck Berry, sportscaster Jack Buck and sculptor Ernest Trova.
When hunger strikes, you can rest assured that Richmond Heights has something for even the pickiest of palates. More than 25 dining establishments, ranging from neighborhood grills and quick-fix restaurants to fine-dining culinary delights, dot the map of Richmond Heights.
Visitors can enjoy comfortable accommodations at one of Richmond Heights’ quality hotels. The newest, The Homewood Suites by Hilton® St. Louis – Galleria, is centrally located to Lambert International Airport and downtown St. Louis. This Homewood hotel is adjacent to the region’s best shopping at Saint Louis Galleria and The Boulevard-Saint Louis, as well as to the Richmond Heights MetroLink station that provides convenient access to the airport, downtown attractions and the surrounding metropolitan area.
The nearby Residence Inn by Marriott, situated at 1100 Galleria Parkway — directly off of Interstate 170 and I-64 – offers extended stay suites featuring kitchens with full-size refrigerators, stoves and microwave ovens. With rooms that are larger than standard hotel rooms, the Residence Inn St. Louis Galleria is for those who need to establish a home away from home.
The 105-room Cheshire Lodge has been a staple in Richmond Heights, as well as the greater St. Louis community, since its establishment more than 40 years ago. The Lodge’s “olde English” décor has made it a distinct landmark in the area. No two rooms are alike at the Cheshire. Each spacious and quiet room is well appointed with comforts such as heavy linen draperies and bedspreads, a writing desk and wing chairs.
These establishments make Richmond Heights “a great place to call home” – even if it is only for a little while.
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