The City of Frontenac, a fourth class City in Saint Louis County, Missouri, takes its name from Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau (the Count of Frontenac), a French courtier and Governor of New France from 1672 to 1682 and from 1689 until his death in 1698. Louis de Buade established a number of forts on the Great Lakes, including Fort Frontenac in what is now Kingston, Ontario, and engaged in a series of battles against the English and the Iroquois.
During their frequent trips to the Quebec region, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Wood, owners of what is now the central region of the City, were charmed by the history and namesake of Chateau Frontenac, nearby the fort, and adopted the Frontenac name for their property.
Later, the land owned by Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Wood was sold and several subdivisions of Frontenac were developed. In 1947, the residents of Frontenac Estates, Jaccard Lane and Clayton Terrace petitioned the County Court to become the Village of Frontenac, an area of 217 acres. An annexation in May of 1948 added an additional 967 acres, including West End Park and the yet to be developed areas of Villa Duchesne School and the Retreat House of the Cenacle (now Ballantrae Subdivision). On November 6, 1950, Frontenac voted to become a City of the fourth class.
Today, Frontenac has 3,483 residents, approximately 1,300 homes and comprises 1,944 acres (2.8 square miles). While now a suburb of Saint Louis, Frontenac has not deviated far from its rural roots, maintaining predominately one acre lots with a population density of only 1,221 per square mile (roughly ½ of the County average). With an excellent housing stock, an average household income of $119,508, easy accessibility to major thoroughfares and a per capita crime rate less then one-third the national average Frontenac remains an extremely desirable community in which to live.
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