Saint Louis University

In 1888, wealthy St. Louis entrepreneur Samuel Cupples commissioned architect Thomas Annan to design a magnificent mansion that would speak to Cupples' business success. Annan adapted the style of Henry Hobson Richardson and designed a three-story home in purple Colorado sandstone complete with gargoyles and elaborate architectural details. It exists today as one of the rare examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in St. Louis.

An elaborate interior of carved wood and stained glass, once heated by 22 unique fireplaces, offers a visual feast for visitors. The Samuel Cupples House serves also as a gallery for the University's collection of fine and decorative art dating before 1919. The Eleanor Turshin Glass Collection, featuring the largest collection of art nouveau and art deco glass west of the Mississippi River, is shown throughout the mansion.

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