Cultural Site Manager
St. Louis County Parks
Jesse Francis received a degree in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University in 1983. His work on French buildings in Ste. Genevieve in 1982. He worked on the River Roads Projects in Ste. Genevieve with architect Jack Luer and under the guidance of Charles Peterson on French building restoration in Dupo, Illinois. For two years he served as the president of the Foundation for the Restoration of St. Genevieve. Other projects in Ste. Genevieve include HAS projects with Dr. Overby, Earth Watch Studies with Dr. Tremble, and a Conference on The Salt Spring of Ste. Genevieve. He co-authored a book on French structures in the midwest.
For the past 32 years Jesse Francis has worked for St. Louis County Parks moving and rebuilding historic structures from around the county that were up for demolition. He also consults on other structures in the area and how they can be saved. He has been a guest speaker at Washington University Graduate School of Architecture for the last five years. Recently, Jesse consulted on the French House display at the Gateway Arch National Park. Over the past 37 years he has consulted, repaired, reconstructed and completely rebuilt 87 structures across 8 states and Canada.