Beall Mansion Tour
The historic BEALL Mansion was built by Railroad Baron Z. B. Job as a wedding gift for his son and son's bride, Mary Drummond, of the Drummond Tobacco fame and fortune. Designed by world renowned architect, Lucas Pfeiffenberger, this 3-story, 10,000 + square foot mansion serves a dual role as a living museum of the wealth and opulence of a bygone era as well as one of the finest bed and breakfast inns in the entire St. Louis area. European influence meets American affluence in the elaborately decorated retreat nestled on a property of manicured gardens in a historic Victorian neighborhood. A hidden gem, come to stay at Beall or take a guided tour to step back into one of Alton’s most opulent households.
Built as a wedding gift for railroad baron Z.B. Job’s son and daughter-in-law in 1903, the Beall Mansion was later purchased in 1909 by Edmond Beall. Beall served as an Alton alderman, served four mayoral terms, and served as a senator, industrialist, and financier.
The grand old home sits proudly in the Middletown District of Alton alongside a host of historic Victorian and Federal-style buildings. Each room of the mansion is uniquely and classically decorated. Elegant original features of the early 20th century home include a stately staircase, hardwood floors, hand-carved furniture, and a trove of antiques, marble and bronze sculptures, and paintings. Professionally landscaped gardens frame the historic mansion and provide ample photo opportunities.
Groups can schedule a narrated tour of the mansion. A 30-minute mini tour covers the first floor of the mansion while the premium 1-hour tour also includes any second and third floor rooms not occupied by overnight guests.