The Historic Samuel Cupples House on the campus of Saint Louis University is pleased to host spring time Rooms in Bloom. The floral feast begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19, and continues until Sunday, May 22.
A patio reception featuring the jazz trio, The Silk Pajamas, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19.
Once again, area florists will showcase their talent and draw their inspiration from the elegant décor of the 42-room Victorian mansion as they design floral works of art that complement the rooms and areas throughout Cupples House. The flowers and fragrances of spring will cross-pollinate with the art and ambiance of the Historic Samuel Cupples House to create the perfect oasis for a relaxing afternoon.
The Historic Samuel Cupples House is also home to the Eleanor Turshin glass collection.
The collection features one of the country's most representative collections of Steuben Glassworks by designer Frederick Carder, as well as significant pieces from the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany. American glassmakers featured include Sandwich, Mount Washington, and European glass makers including Lalique, Galle, and Moser.
ABOUT THE HISTORIC SAMUEL CUPPLES HOUSE
In 1887 St. Louis entrepreneur Samuel Cupples commissioned architect Thomas Annan to design a magnificent mansion that reflected Cupples' business success. Annan adapted the then popular Romanesque Revival style of H.H. Richardson and designed a grand home on West Pine Boulevard. The home was built upon the highest ground in the city of St. Louis. Purple sandstone from Colorado was laid upon the pink foundation granite of southern Missouri. Tiffany-styled windows bathed the interior of the home with beautiful light, light that played upon the rich woods expertly carved by craftsmen brought from England by Cupples. The historic mansion consists of 42 rooms and 22 fireplaces.
The Historic Samuel Cupples House was acquired by St. Louis University in 1946. In the early 1970s, Father Maurice McNamee, along with the help of students, alumni, and benefactors, began the restoration of the house to its original splendor. In 1976, the Historic Samuel Cupples House was placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.