Felix Vallé State Historic Site
The Felix Vallé State Historic Site in St. Genevieve is comprised of several historic late 18th and early 19th-century buildings. Many of these structures were designed in the French colonial style, in which walls were constructed with vertical logs. One of the largest concentrations of this type of constructions is located here in St. Genevieve. Perhaps the most notable structure of the site is the Felix Vallé House, which was built by by Jewish merchant Jacob Phillipson around 1818 and designed in the Federal style, which reflects the evolving tastes of the young country as it moved past the colonial era. Other historic buildings include the Dr. Benjamin Shaw House (c.1819) and the Guibourd-Valle House (1806). The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a a National Historic Landmark District, and was designated as the Sainte Genevieve National Historical Park in 2018. As of summer 2019, the transition to the National Park Service is getting underway and the site will continue to be operated by Missouri State Parks for the foreseeable future.
Backstory and Context
Thorsen, Leah. "Ste. Genevieve gets national park designation, but much remains to do before it will open." May 8, 2018. https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/ste-genevieve-gets-national-park-designation-but-much-remains-to/article_fae83008-2083-5926-945d-e5a9207dba9b.html.
Trap, Patricia. "National Park Service Moves Forward, With ‘Due Diligence’." St. Genevieve Herald. March 26, 2019. http://www.stegenherald.com/news/national-park-service-moves-forward-with-due-diligence/article_b7b5cf4e-4fe9-11e9-975e-f3e7db5ed442.html.
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