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Allen and Dena Wedding Venue Owners

Hi there, we’re Allen and Dena.

On June 7, 1997, we said “I do” at the Larimore in front of all of our loved ones. We loved the venue so much that we purchased it in 2006 and lovingly restored it. Our passion is to bring our wedding couple’s vision to life. We consider it a great privilege to serve you and your family on such a special day.

Property History

Welcome to The Larimore, a historic wedding venue in St. Louis, Missouri. You are visiting one of the largest and most innovative farms in the Mid-West. The Larimore won an award for being the most productive farm in the area, as well as being called the “Model Farm of Missouri” by the Missouri Agricultural Society.

Wilson Larimore moved from the foothills of Kentucky to the fertile land by the Mississippi River in the year 1850. He purchased approximately 2,000 acres which he farmed using the then-new mechanical farming equipment (steam engines were new at the time). Soon, the Larimore farm became renowned for its productivity and won many awards at the then-popular agricultural fairs in and around St. Louis.

The pre-civil war house, which is Italianate in style, was finished in 1858. It boasts 14 fireplaces and 12-foot ceilings. The woodwork is unique in that it was made of mahogany and painted white in Italianate style.

The Larimore’s owned the farm in St. Louis for 50 years. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Penningroth family purchased the farm, sold off most of the land, and used it for a summer home for almost 100 years. In 1989, The Larimore House was purchased by the Bovey family who carefully restored the historic property to its exquisite character.

In 1989, Saint Louis County put the house on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1996, the site was named a Landmark and Preservation Area by Saint Louis County. This designation enables a business in a residential location for the preservation of the property and enables it to be seen and enjoyed by the public. While The Larimore is nestled in a calm residential area, The Larimore is convenient to major highways and an easy drive from many parts of Missouri and Illinois.

The Larimore is now a remarkable wedding venue for couples to realize their spectacular wedding day dreams.