This is part of our visit to Chester although the Pierre Menard home is in nearby Ellis Grove
, said to be the first capital of Illinois. Kaskasia, nearby, was the first capital.
Pierre Menard (1766-1844) was a successful French Canadian businessman and fur trader. In 1818 to 1822 he served as the first lieutenant governor of Illinois.
Menard’s home is a fine example of French Creole-style architecture. Even by today’s standards the home’s design is timeless and very practical and befits a person of his stature. The rooms are averaged-size; the placement of the rooms are very traditional. It sits on a bluff on a sloping ground with a great view of the Mississippi River.
It has a walkout basement with a fireplace. I could imagine this was where they stored supplies. When you go up the stairs which is outside, there’s a front porch and a large entryway. The entry hall is flanked by a large living room on the left and on the right is the master’s bedroom and behind it was his office and another bedroom and a child’s nursery. Past the entry hall is the formal dining room with a door on the left going to another bedroom.
The kitchen is connected through the main house by a covered walkway. The bathroom is an outhouse. There are other two stonehouses on the premises and a garden and the house is surrounded by tall trees. I could imagine how nice they look now that the leaves are turning into beautiful earth tones.