The Fleur-de-Lys Mansion Innformation:
Welcome to The Fleur-De-Lys Mansion in St. Louis, MO! This beautiful home was built in 1913 by Mr. and Mrs. William E. Beckman. Mr. Beckman owned the W.E. Beckman Bakers and Confectioners Supply Company. The home was designed by architect William A Lucas to be a multigenerational home to house Mr. and Mrs. Beckman and their daughter and her family. The fleur-de-lys symbol appears on the end caps of the chimney supports which inspired the name for the Inn. The fleur-de-lys symbol (translated “lily flower”) originated in France and has become an important symbol for the city of St. Louis taking center stage on the city’s flag. It represents the strong influence the French traders had on the city and the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
Your innkeepers are Landen Hardin and Brant Whited. They have enjoyed traveling whenever possible over the last 20 years in a wide range of accommodations across the country from primitive camping to 5-star resorts, urban hotels and everything in between. In planning a dream direction for retirement, they decided they would enjoy hosting other travelers and helping them find a shared joy in their travel experiences. They met Leslie and Mark through the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri’s aspiring innkeeper program and the rest is history! Landen has left a 20-year career in social work to spend his time serving up your gourmet breakfast and seeing to your accommodations. Brant continues his nursing career in the local community and will be hosting breakfast service on the weekends. They look forward to making your stay amazing!
The Inn is owned by Mark and Leslie Drake. Mark left a long career in the biofuels industry to obtain a diploma from the Culinary Institute of Iowa. Cooking for others and owning The Fleur-De-Lys Mansion fulfills a dream of his. Leslie is a registered dietitian with a broad and diverse career spanning foodservice management, consulting, education, corporate sales, hospitality, and procurement. They have passed the innkeeping duties to two aspiring innkeepers while they are taking care of family in Iowa.
Thank you so much for your interest in The Fleur-De-Lys Mansion. We hope you will come and visit soon. Please refer to our policies for important information about your stay. Should you have any questions, comments, or need pricing information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.