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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Boldt Castle Visit

 Edited to add:  I was out of town in Atlanta on a business trip all last week but had this post set to publish early in the week.  For some reason it didn’t go through while I was away.  So now I’m back and here you go, better late than never I guess! ;)

We had a great weekend in Alexandria Bay.  The weather was cool and sunny.  Just perfect!

Tonya from Hillbilly Handiworks suggested I share some of my photos of Boldt Castle, and I’m happy to oblige.

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If you’re not familiar with the story of Boldt Castle, you can read more about it here

Briefly, the story goes that in 1900 millionaire George Boldt commissioned this castle to be built on Heart Island as a summer home for he and his beloved wife, Louise.  In 1904, more than half way through the construction process Louise died suddenly at the age of 42.  George was so broken hearted he sent a telegram to the construction crew to stop all work and leave the island immediately.  He never returned to the island or had the castle finished.

The castle was left as is for more than 70 years, unprotected from the elements and vandals.

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Stunning views!

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In 1977 the property was acquired by the Thousand Island Bridge Authority, which immediately began rehabilitating the castle.

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Mike has never been to the castle, while I have been 4 times over the years. 

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Today many of the rooms are completely restored and furnished in a manner appropriate to the period.

The grand staircase was the first area to be restored.

Check out the elaborate plaster work on the ceilings and walls!

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I was simply amazed at the progress that had been made just in the 4 years since I last visited, not to mention since I was a teen visiting the island for the first time. 

The bedroom suites for George and Louise were newly completed.  I was enthralled by Louise’s room…..

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Love that shade of blue on the walls!

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George’s room was very masculine, but much darker and difficult to get a good photo of.

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The bathroom was gorgeous!

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I laughed when I saw this chair!  It looks like something any one of us would have in our home.  Love the whitewash and the distressed finish.

(The yellow rope was there so nobody could sit in it.)

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This console table is another piece that would be right at home in my house.  057

The dining room was fully furnished with a gigantic table and chairs. 

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This china cabinet showcased the serving pieces.

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I got a close up for my plate loving friends….

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This piece was in the dining room too.  It is huge!

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I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Boldt Castle.  Be sure to visit the official website for some really wonderful photos.

 

 

Rose

12 comments:

  1. I have never heard of Boldt castle before. This was so interesting and the pictures are great. I'm glad it was able to be restored; that was such a waste to let it be destroyed. Yes, I would take that white chair in a second :)

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  2. I'm glad the castle is being restored. I love the bed in Louise's room. Would make room for that in a heartbeat.

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  3. OK so how is it that I live so close to it and never knew that about its history? Thats so sad! But Im glad to hear theyre working on restoring it back to what it should've been. My heart sank when I read the part about it being open to vandals for so long.
    Sarah
    HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com

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  4. What a fantastic place. I had never heard of it. It would make a great set for a romantic movie. The grounds look beautiful too.

    You were in Atlanta the same time my husband was there on business. HA! You weren't at the Hilton were you?

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  5. I am so glad that you posted these! I have always been fascinated with old mansions and castles. We have one here in Mo that is just ruins. It's called Ha Ha Tonka. I love to walk through the ruins and ponder about what those tumbled down walls have seen, and wonder about the people that walked the halls once upon a time.

    What a sad love story this one was...and it is neat that they are completing Mr Boldt's lost dream! I think I am going to repost this for my blog tomorrow. (Do you mind if a grab a couple of pics to draw interest? then I will link back to you of course!)

    Once again, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks Rose for showing us this castle. I am glad it is being restored.

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  7. Beautiful photos!! My husband just returned from Alexandria Bay, just across the river from the castle!!!! We've taken the boat around the bay. The castle was under so much construction the year we did the boat ride, no one was allowed to go in.. you could walk outside, that was it.

    How wonderful to finally see the inside!!!!

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  8. Wow, I would love to check out that place! I love places like that, it reminds me a little of Castle in the Clouds located in the White Mt region of New Hampshire. Thanks for taking me on the tour.

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  9. Totally awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. What a heartbreaking story. How wonderful it is being restored. I'm going to go do some snooping at your link. Thanks!

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  10. What an awesome place. I am glad it is being restored. I love the detail in those old homes...I should go to the Hill Mansion and get good photos some time.

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  11. Rose thanks so much for posting these pics... we were there several years ago but there was no furniture in it at all. It is so nice to see the rooms finally completed. I would love to go back and see the progress they have made. Such a shame it has such a sad story attached to it.

    So glad you had a great trip... we missed you.

    Hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

    Hugs, Deb

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  12. Wow! That is a gorgeous place. I'm so glad to hear that it's being renovated!

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