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Pensmore is one of the largest homes in the United States located in the Ozark Mountains near Highlandville, Missouri, that spreads more than 72,000 square feet, reaches five stories, contains 14 baths, 13 bedrooms, has exterior walls 12 inches thick, and was designed to survive earthquakes, tornadoes, and bomb blasts, and whose construction lasted from 2008-2016—with its owner, Steven T. Huff, telling The Kansas City Star, in 2015, that "the house should stand for 2,000 years".[2]

General information
Type Insulated concrete form
Architectural style Châteauesque
Location 2700 Woods Fork Road, Highlandville, Missouri
Coordinates 36°52′47″N 93°12′45″W / 36.879722°N 93.2125°W / 36.879722; -93.2125Coordinates: 36°52′47″N 93°12′45″W / 36.879722°N 93.2125°W / 36.879722; -93.2125
Construction started 2008
Completed 2016
Governing body Private
Technical details
Floor area 72,215 square feet (6,709.0 m2)[1]


In 2008, the Steven T. Huff Family LLC applied for a construction permit in to begin construction of the Pensmore mansion—made unique because it is an insulated concrete form structure designed to showcase sustainable construction techniques on a large scale, with it being designed to be earthquake resistant, bullet proof, blast proof, capable of withstanding an EF5 tornado, bug resistant, and fire resistant—and whose construction was completed in 2016.

The home's large size and its location in the Ozarks (which experiences both high and low temperatures, as well as tornadoes) were chosen so that Huff could explore how these concepts work on a commercial scale and under a broad range of climate conditions—with it, also, being noted that it was built in an area where it was not subject to government building inspections or regulations.[3][4][5]

2016 Lawsuit and 2017 settlementEdit

On 3 July 2016, the Associated Press reported that lawyers for Huff filed a lawsuit against Monarch Cement Company, of Humboldt, Kansas, and its Springfield subsidiary, City Wide Construction Products, seeking $63 million in damages and alleging that Pensmore was shorted more than 70,000 pounds of a crucial steel fiber, named Helix (invented in a laboratory at the University of Michigan, Helix is an alternative to rebar and was developed for the United States Army Corps of Engineers)—but a settlement being reached on 21 July 2017 with no terms about it being publicly revealed. [6][7]


  1. ^ "Huge Highlandville Home Spans 72,215 Square Feet – Larger than White House – KSPR 33". 2011-01-13. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  2. ^ Montgomery, Rick (31 July 2017). "Terms reached in $63 million suit over Missouri's uber-mansion". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:00 am (2011-06-29). "New name, website for Overwatch Manor – News". Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Can A 72,000 Sq. Ft. Home Really Go Green?". EarthTechling. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  5. ^ Sulzberger, A.G. (18 July 2011). "A Behemoth Vacation Home Rises in the Ozarks and So Does the Wild Speculation". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Associated Press (July 3, 2016). "Lawsuit: Missouri mansion was shorted steel fiber". 
  7. ^ Gounley, Thomas (31 July 2017). "Lawsuit over Chateau Pensmore building materials settled". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 16 August 2017. 

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