Eugene Field House (St. Louis)

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Eugene Field House
Eugene Field House, 634 South Broadway, Saint Louis (St. Louis City County, Missouri).jpg
Eugene Field House
Eugene Field House (St. Louis) is located in Missouri
Eugene Field House (St. Louis)
Location St. Louis, Missouri
Coordinates 38°37′11″N 90°11′30″W / 38.61972°N 90.19167°W / 38.61972; -90.19167Coordinates: 38°37′11″N 90°11′30″W / 38.61972°N 90.19167°W / 38.61972; -90.19167
Built 1829
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 75002137
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 19, 1975[1]
Designated NHL March 29, 2007[2]

The Eugene Field House is a historic home and museum in St. Louis, Missouri. It was the home of Roswell Field, an attorney for Dred Scott in Dred Scott v. Sandford. Field's son, Eugene Field, was raised there and became a noted writer of children's stories. Threatened with demolition, the house was transferred to the St. Louis Board of Education in 1936. It is now a museum known as the Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum.


Built in 1829, the house is the only survivor of a group of similar houses called Walsh's Row.

A plaque on the home was dedicated in 1902 with the help of author Mark Twain, who announced it as the birthplace of Eugene Field. Field's brother Roswell, however, noted that he was born elsewhere. Twain brushed the fact aside, telling him, "Officially and for the purposes of the future, your brother was born here." The inaccurate plaque remains.[3] The plaque reads: "Here was born Eugene Field, the Poet, 1850–1895".[4] The house was preserved by the Eugene Field House Foundation beginning in 1936 and it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2007.[5]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Field House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  3. ^ Cuoco, Lorin and William H. Gass (editors). Literary St. Louis: A Guide. St. Louis: The Missouri Historical Society Press, 2000: 74. ISBN 1-883982-35-9
  4. ^ Sorby, Angela. Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865–1917. Durham, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2005: 126. ISBN 1-58465-458-9
  5. ^ Holden, Greg. The Booklover's Guide to the Midwest: A Literary Tour. Cincinnati, OH: Clerisy Press, 2010: 197. ISBN 978-1-57860-314-5

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