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Largest mansion in Missouri rising in Christian County

'Overwatch Manor' could rank as one of the biggest private homes in the U.S.

January 14, 2011|by Mike Landis, KY3 News |

HIGHLANDVILLE, Mo. - It's nearly impossible to miss it.  Rising from a hilltop near U.S. 65 is a massive structure that’s turning the heads of the curious.

Is it a warehouse, a hotel, or a convention center? 

The answer has been no mystery for Christian County leaders.

“It is our understanding that it is a private residence,” explained Bob Atchley, Planning and Zoning Administrator.

In fact, it'll be one of the largest private homes in America.  It could rank in the top ten by size.

Currently, the largest home in the country (located in Orlando, FL) comes in at 90,000 square feet.

Christian County land records show the 500 acres the mansion sits on is deeded to ‘Overwatch Manor’.  

Blueprints show the home will include 72,000 square feet of space.

“This would actually be a much larger structure than the White House from my understanding,” said Atchley.

The White House contains 55,000 square feet.  

With three levels (basement and two stories), the concrete fortress will contain more than a dozen bedrooms, a theatre, exercise gym, library, and a sweeping view of the hill country.  Other features will include multiple living areas and a grand hall.

So, who will call this castle home?

Records indicate it's Steven T. Huff, the founder of what is now Overwatch Systems.  The company, with main offices in Texas and Virginia, specializes in defense and private intelligence satellite imaging.

The county confirms a building permit was obtained in 2008, and grading work began soon thereafter.

So far, construction has been completed on the basement and part of the second floor.

The building permit application reveals material costs alone for the project would reach nearly $7-million.    The total price tag and timeline for completion were not specified in the documents.

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