I forgot how amazing the Samuel Cupples House is; perhaps because it’s now on a pedestrian mall in SLU (admittedly justifiable due to the poor treatment of pedestrians in America), it’s just not a place I would accidentally drive by with out-of-town visitors. Perhaps what is most interesting of course is that it was once on a section of Pine Street lined with other houses, though admittedly not nearly as grand.
It’s interesting actually; there were plenty of private streets where Cupples could have built, but instead he chose a upper-class, but certainly not the most opulent street in late Nineteenth Century St. Louis to build his mansion. Note the Sanborn map above; originally, he owned a large property across the street with what are support buildings for his house; the boiler was there, so I presume there was a steam pipe leading across the street to the house.
Cupples made his fortune in a city that promised great wealth to anyone with a good idea and business acumen, and the Cupples Station warehouses were his brainchild.