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Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site

An artist's life frozen in time

By Tom Uhlenbrock
Missouri State Parks


Guide Chris Fritsche knows what to expect of first-time visitors when he leads them down the marbled hallways of the State Capitol in Jefferson City through the heavy wood doors of the House Lounge into the vibrant world of Thomas Hart Benton.


“They’re pretty shocked – you see disbelief and surprise on their faces,” said Fritsche, an interpreter for the Missouri State Museum, which is located in the capitol building.

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Peer into Thomas Hart Benton's life
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