Samuel Cupples Elementary School

Similar story as many other abandoned North Side schools: the Samuel Cupples Elementary School was designed by revolutionary architect Rockwell M. Milligan in 1918, and it now sits empty.

Samuel Cupples School, August 1951, Missouri History Museum, P0900-28311-01-4a

It’s a very simple design, and I like its reserved Tudor Revival style.

I strongly suspect there was additional ornamentation on the two flanking wings on the east and west ends of the building. If there was, it had already been removed by 1951, when the above historic photo was taken.

The central trunk is one of the most unadorned of all Ittner/Milligan schools.

But the compound chimneys break the monotony of the roofline.

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