Cohen Memorial Home

The Cohen Home is a beautiful historical site located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Its unusual blue storm windows make it a very visible landmark for boats on the river and travelers approaching the Chester Bridge from Missouri. It is speculated that the window color cut down on the heat entering the house.  It is said that Mark Twain referred to the Cohen Home as "the house with blue windows" as he traveled the Mississippi.  

The home was built by the Hasken family in 1855 and was the home of the William Cohen family from 1886 until the youngest son, Bud, died in 1983. The home is now owned by the city of Chester and operated by a committee of volunteers.

Bud Cohen lived a simple, almost austere life and folks were surprised that upon his death, he left $7 million dollars to the youth of Chester.  The city build a community sports center.  The boy scouts of Chester attend the National Jamboree each year and receive scholarships.  The girl scouts also receive scholarships and before they age out of scouts, they visit Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Juliet Lowe, the founder of girl scouting.

The home is now owned by the city of Chester and is operated by a committee of volunteers.

The second floor bedrooms contain furnishings and collections from several families of Chester including the Cohen family.

The main floor parlors are furnished with tables and chairs to facilitate use of the home as a meeting place.

Tours of the home are available by appointment.



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Latitude: 37.900151 Longitude: -89.825669 Elevation: 480 ft
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Visitor Fees (if any)

The Cohen Home is available for meetings, family reunions, showers, anniversaries or any special occasion. Fee $50. Catering is available upon request.

Seasons Open

The grounds are always open and tours of the interior of the home and summer kitchen are by appointment.

Accessibility Notes

Handicapped accessibility on the main floor.

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals only inside the home.


"Uncle Bud" as my Grandpa called him! My Grandfather Charles Edward Cohen spent lots of time in this mansion growing up. Someday I will visit!

Kris Gibson, 1/2/2016

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