What to know about Portland Place, where St. Louis couple pointed guns at protesters

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Photos of a St. Louis couple stepping out of their mansion and brandishing firearms as Black Lives Matter protesters marched down their private street circulated like wildfire on social media on Sunday.

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The couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, live on Portland Place, a private street in a historic St. Louis neighborhood lined with million dollar homes. Protesters were on their way to protest at the home of St. Louis Mayoress Lyda Krewson, who sparked outrage when she read the addresses of voters who wrote their letters about exonerating the police during a live stream.

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A mansion on Portland Place in St. Louis. (Google Earth)

“A mob of at least 100 smashed and destroyed the historic wrought-iron gates of Portland Place. They rushed to my house, where my family was having dinner outside, and terrified our lives,” Mark McCloskey told News 4 on Monday .

The gates are marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs, he told News 4.

St. Louis elite have lived on private streets like Portland Place since the 19th century, though many were phased out in the mid-20th century, according to St. Louis Magazine.

Portland Place is in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, which Zillow rates as a “very hot” seller’s market. It borders the 1,300 acre Forest Park of the City of St. Louis.

A zillow page on a house in Portland Place in historic St. Louis. Screenshot

The median home value in the Central West End is $ 336,532, well above the city’s median home value of $ 131,150. However, Portland Place has numerous offers well over $ 1 million.

The McCloskeys have spent years restoring their mansion, which was built more than 100 years ago by the son of Adolphus Busch von Anheuser-Busch, the couple told St. Louis Magazine in a 2018 interview.

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Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, the palazzo was once the most “dazzling” mansion in St. Louis, according to the magazine, with a teak and ebony dance floor, a rare Aeolian house organ with 38-foot pipes, and stained-glass windows.

A view of the Niemann Mansion in St. Louis. (Google Earth)

The McCloskeys were also part of the restoration of the historic Niemann mansion in St. Louis where their law office is located. The German-style house was built in 1887 but still has the original woodwork inside, although it was used as a commercial office space for decades. This is evident from a YouTube video posted by the law firm.

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