Loveland Castle, Loveland, Ohio The castle itself came later, in Andrews envisioned it as a base for himself and his fellow 'knights'. Inspired by the fortresses of 16th-century France, Germany and England, he worked on the castle almost single-handedly for decades, up until his death in The arrow-slit windows, dry moat and hulking watchtowers remain a bold and curious tribute to medieval times.
It was the vision of businessman Colonel Samuel Taylor Suit who won the hand of Rosa Pelham, the daughter of an Alabama congressman, with his promise to build her a castle. Berkeley Springs Castle, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia Suit died inbefore the feat was completed, and his wife finished the job herself. The royal residence was completed in and was a sumptuous property Part 2 of its time, complete with electricity and indoor plumbing.
Its architectural style is unique, dubbed American Florentine for its blend of traditional Hawaiian and Italian Renaissance features — the elegant columns and bold corner towers are particularly striking. Red velvet curtains frame vast windows, chandeliers hang heavy from the ceiling and a pair of gilded thrones sit on a raised platform. The monarchy occupied the palace until when the then-leader Queen Lili'uokalani was overthrown.
He teamed up with architect Julia Morgan in and the pair would spend almost three decades toiling away on the castle. Ill health meant Hearst never saw it completed to his specification, but even in its unfinished state the castle contained some rooms and more than acres of gardens.
Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California Hearst was an art lover too, and paintings and sculptures practically spill from the property. The castle — once host to a glittering parade of guests including Charlie Chaplin and Cary Grant — also has a dreamy Italianate terrace and the indoor Roman Pool.
It was the vision of the eccentric circus master John Ringling and his wife Mable, Part 2, and construction began inled by New York architect Dwight James Baum. The building, with its cylindrical towers and cone-shaped turrets, was dedicated inand such was the local love for this unique post office, it was soon extended. Castle Museum, Saginaw, Michigan Part 2 new post and federal buildings popped up and began serving the city, this beloved building came under threat of destruction.
This city-dwelling castle has never seen battle. Belvedere Castle, New York City, New York The Victorian Gothic building was also used as a weather station from and, after falling into disrepair, Belvedere was given a much-needed facelift in Its rooms are mostly in the French Renaissance style, with swish wood paneling, decorated ceilings and grand entryways. Harrison passed away in and the castle became a university building.
Location is the real draw here. When young George Vanderbilt, a New York businessman from a distinguished family, visited the smoky Part 2 Ridge mountains, he knew he wanted to make Beautiful Americans his backyard. Upon its completion, Biltmore Estate boasted an impressive rooms, including 35 bedrooms.
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina Vanderbilt soon filled them with friends and family, and his future wife, Edith, whom he married three years later. After his death inson William set up Biltmore Estate Wine Company and began growing vines on the property.
The estate still produces wine today. Gillette Castle, East Haddam, Connecticut This curious medieval-style castle was named after its designer, the late William Gillette, an actor most widely known for playing Sherlock Holmes on stage and in a silent movie in the early s.
He poured the small fortune from his acting work into this stone confection, feet 61m above the Connecticut River. Gillette Castle, East Haddam, Connecticut There are mirrors above the doors and windows, as well as a hidden staircase which Gillette purportedly used to spy on his guests.
Built init's an impressive example of Victorian architecture, with striking features such as intricate red turrets, gargoyles and bold, circular towers. Inthe property was acquired by the Catholic church and became home to Christopher C. Byrne, the Bishop of Galveston giving the property its name. The impressive structure is modeled on a 13th-century Tuscan castle and surrounded by acres of woodland.
Sattui also spent years visiting Europe before setting up his own winery here in Napa Valley. In fact, he bought and renovated a slew of smaller palatial properties in Italy before he embarked on his master project. Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley, California To make his dream a reality, Sattui teamed up with builder and medieval architecture aficionado Fritz Gruber.
They employed building techniques that would have been used in medieval times and even used antique bricks from former Habsburg palaces. Bythe castle was complete with watchtowers, ramparts, a chapel and a Great Hall.
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