Labor of love. Haunted house. Money pit. Stuart Castle in Eureka has been called many things over the years, but for now, it’s just another bank-owned foreclosure sitting vacant.
Constructed over a decade starting in 1969, the hand-built castle was a gift from dermatologist Wallace Stuart to his “princess” and wife, Joan. Dr. Stewart sourced thousands of stones from all over Missouri, even incorporating discarded grave markers from St. Martha’s Cemetery. On his 111 acres overlooking the Meramec River, he essentially built the castle around an existing home, slowing encasing “Glen Meadowy,” the 1918 farmhouse originally owned by the founder of Brown Shoe Company.
Stewart and his family lived on the property until 1982, when divorce caused him to leave the castle vacant for about six weeks. During that time, vandals broke in and caused extensive damage, spurring the good doctor to walk away and never return. His stone masterpiece sat empty for 15 years, until another doctor and his wife moved in and invested heavily in renovations. Unfortunately, they too hit a patch of bad luck and lost the house in foreclosure.
At one point a few years ago, Stuart Castle and its now six-acre lot were listed for $2 million. Today, you can score this one-of-a-kind palace, filled with secret passages, mysterious peepholes and a treasure trove of expensive tile and marble, for just $410,900. Maybe even less…
UPDATE 2/11: I was able to visit Stuart Castle in person today. WOW!! Click on the images below for the full photo tour. And please note, this house is only available for CASH purchase. Financing is most likely not an option.
Listing courtesy of Tony Russo, Russo Realty, (636) 825-9844. More photos and info available here.
If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show you this genuine work of art, which has been featured in St. Louis Magazine and on HGTV, I’d be happy to help!