Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tornado Proof Mega-Mansion Under Construction in Missouri Ozarks

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 7:27 AM

click to enlarge Pensmore will boast 13 bedrooms, two elevators and be damn near indestructible (so they say) once complete. - PENSMORE.COM
  • pensmore.com
  • Pensmore will boast 13 bedrooms, two elevators and be damn near indestructible (so they say) once complete.
The home rising up over the Ozark hills of Highlandville, Missouri, is slated to be 72,000 square feet when completed next year, making it one of the ten largest homes ever constructed in America -- bigger than the Hearst Mansion and the White House.

Steven Huff, chairman of the Wisconsin-based TF Concrete Forming Systems, is building his version of Xanadu -- called "Pensmore" -- to showcase his company's building products. Huff's company specializes in insulated concrete forms. According to a website for Huff's future new home, Pensmore will achieve the pinnacle in "green" building technology, bringing to life "a modern version of the Jeffersonian ideal of the self-sufficient sustainable estate."


click to enlarge Pensmore's concrete walls are said to be tornado-proof. - PENSMORE.COM
  • pensmore.com
  • Pensmore's concrete walls are said to be tornado-proof.
As the Springfield New-Leader reports, building permits for Pensmore call for thirteen bedrooms, fourteen bathrooms, two elevators, a 1,600-square-foot library and a 4,000-square-foot garage. The house is slated to have a 23,000-square-foot basement, 22,800-square-foot main level and 21,800-square-foot second story. The material costs alone for the home will reach upwards of $7 million.

But it's the purported indestructibility of Pensmore that really caught our eye here at Daily RFT. Once complete, Pensmore should be able to withstand an F5 tornado, according to the home's website. That's worth noting, as the town of Highlandville lies smack dab in the middle of Tornado Alley and just 90 miles west of the tornado-ravaged town of Joplin.

If we were building Pensmore, we're not sure how much we'd want to taunt Mother Nature, no matter if our home was built with straw, sticks, bricks or -- yes -- insulated concrete forms.

Tags: , ,

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation