By Glenn Curcio
Samuel Cupples HouseThe Samuel Cupples house is one of the St. Louis University buildings.
A Stunning Missouri Castle
Castles have a way of sparking the imagination and stirring to life thoughts of kings, maidens, knights, and dragons. But you don’t have to travel to Europe to find these fanciful buildings. Missouri has some of these magnificent structures that date back to the mid-1800s.
The word “castle” is derived from the Latin word castellum, meaning a fortified place. The Webster dictionary defines it as a fortified home, a large, stately mansion, or the home of royalty. Most castles have turrets, towers, crenellations (the patterns that frame the towers in medieval castles), and are most often made of stone or brick. Many castles have a fortified wall or gate around the property.
The Samuel Cupples House is a great castle to visits. It sits amongst the buildings of the St. Louis University campus. A Richardsonian-style castle finished in 1888, this fortress is embellished with turrets and limestone gargoyles. It was built with purple Colorado sandstone and pink Missouri granite. It sits at 3673 W. Pine Boulevard and is open to visitors.