The Story of How Logan University Moved to its Chesterfield Campus

At the time, it was unfathomable to think anything of substantial importance would be built west of Highway 270 in St. Louis. The area was home to grazing livestock and rolling green pastures, dotted with farms and homesteads.

Yet, on one evening in 1972, 70 Doctors of Chiropractic agreed that a 112-acre parcel of land for sale in that area would provide a bright future for development, growth and progress. Today, their vision is realized on the very grounds that make up Logan University.

According to Logan Associate Professor Patrick Montgomery, DC, MS, FASA, the property, at the time, was home to Maryknoll Junior Seminary. However, in the early 1970s, the Brothers of Maryknoll were forced to close the seminary due to declining interest in men joining the priesthood.

Dr. Montgomery said the property, which was gifted to the Archdiocese of St. Louis by the original landowners, came with two stipulations: it could never be broken up into smaller parcels, and if sold, it had to be sold to an educational institution.

The property was for sale two years before Fred Gehl, DC, who was associated with Logan, stumbled upon it. Though the Logan’s Normandy campus was paid for, the college was outgrowing the space as a result of rising enrollment.

Negotiations over the $3.5 million asking price broke down several times though it was Logan Board member William Boehmer, DC, who kept the discussion going. 

Dr. William Coggins signs the purchase agreement with (from left) Drs. Fred Gehl, Bert Hanicke and D.P. Casey.

In the end, the Brothers and Logan reached a $1.8 million deal, as long as $350,000 was provided to the Brothers within 10 days of the contract being signed. It was then that Logan Board members Rolla Pennell, DC, and Gordon Heuser, DC, took immediate action, calling on Logan alumni to join them for a gala dinner at Maryknoll.

That night, Drs. Pennell and Heuser made their case for a brighter future, urging the DCs to give back to the institution that gave so much to them. 

By the end of the night, they had secured financial donations from everyone in attendance, allowing them to turn over the amount needed to acquire the property for their future home.

In June 1973, under the direction of D.P. Casey, DC, the students and faculty completed the move to the new campus in just four days. The following year, the Normandy campus was sold to another division of the Catholic Church (the Cardinal Newman Colleges) which purchased the property for $1 million.

The Chesterfield property was completely paid for thanks to the generosity of Logan supporters and the sale of the Normandy campus.

Whiskey Dixon at Chesterfield Amphitheater - August 8th

Whiskey Dixon, St. Louis' premier country cover band that takes an alternative approach to today's top country music, will play a FREE concert at the Chesterfield Amphitheater on Saturday, August 8th at 7:30pm.

Grab a fixed seat or bring a blanket or a chair for lawn seating. Concessions will be available for purchase or you can bring your own food and drinks (no glass bottles).

Family Flicks at Chesterfield Amphitheater

Experience the unique atmosphere, sights and sounds of watching a movie outdoors on the giant inflatable screen at the Chesterfield Amphitheater! Bring your own refreshments (no glass bottles) or treat yourself at the concession stand.

Movies will be shown at dusk and are free of charge.

Friday, August 28th

Friday, September 4th

Friday, September 11th
Wreck-It Ralph

Chesterfield Amphitheater is located at 631 Veterans Pl Dr, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival - June 27th

The third annual Chesterfield Wine & Jazz Festival returns to the Chesterfield Amphitheater on Saturday, June 27th from 3pm to 10pm. 

The Festival showcases the best in Contemporary, Straight-Ahead and Fusion Jazz. The event is free to attend and offers an exciting lineup of many world-class Jazz performers such as, Bach to the Future, Tony Viviano, Feyza Eren, and The Bob DeBoo Quintet. Closing out the festival at 9 pm is St. Louis native, Eric Person accompanied by Meta-Four, featuring Ptah Williams, Darrell Mixon and Gary Sykes.

Movies Under the Stars at Chesterfield Amphitheater

Enjoy movies under the stars at the Chesterfield Amphitheater! Family-friendly movies are shown throughout the summer and are free for all ages. Movies will be shown at dusk on a 20' x 25' screen. Bring your own refreshments (no glass bottles) or treat yourself at the concession stand.

June 5th
The LEGO Movie
8pm - 9:30pm

June 12th
Planes: Fire & Rescue
8pm - 9:30pm

July 17th
Big Hero 6
8pm - 9:30pm

Chesterfield Amphitheater is located at 631 Veterans Pl Dr, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Food Trucks & Art Exhibits at Chesterfield City Hall - March 27th

Enjoy food trucks and art exhibits at Chesterfield City Hall between 11:00am and 1:30pm on Friday, March 27th. The art exhibit will feature two-dimensional artwork, including paintings and photographs from established regional artists Jane Sehnert, Julie Wiegand, Stuart Morse and Tim Layton.

The following food trucks are expected to attend:
Curbside Cookery
Global Quesadilla
Chop Shop
Sarah's Cake Shop

Most food trucks accept credit cards, but bring cash just in case.