Why is it that a wealthy person builds something so amazing like Boldt Castle and never really gets to enjoy it?
George Boldt built the castle for his wife Louise Kehrer Boldt. She died in 1904 and he abandoned it unfinished. They think he never went back to the island. So it sat exposed to the elements until 197 7 when it was purchased by the Thousand Island Bridge Authority and then they started to restore it. They were not planning to finish it just restore it back to when George had abandoned it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boldt_Castle
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George Boldt was a wealthy hotel man who knew the Astors, Vanderbilts and all the wealthy influential people of the time. He liked the Rhineland Castles designs and that gives the style. I thought it also had some whimsy to it and even felt like I might run into a troll or fairy if I was not careful. He and his wife had vacationed in the Thousand Island area and decided they like it there so it was a joint decision to build there. He purchased the island changing the spelling from Hart to Heart. If you look closely you will see a theme of hearts through the island.
This is not the only time I have been to a castle. My hubby and I took all the tours at Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. I have them on my Facebook. I probably should put them out on the web they are very cool. George Vanderbilt built Biltmore as his home and he did get to live it in a while but not long. He basically took a very destroyed piece of land and redesigned it with the help of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. I also toured the castle in Trieste, Italy called Miramare and it has a sad story. Ferdinand went to Mexico to be their king but was shot by the Mexicans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miramare_Castle
When you visit a home like Boldt Castle you do have to read about the history of the persons who created it and the area around it. I knew nothing about the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River when I toured in 2012. It was a big surprise to see the all the different sizes of the islands, some with houses and docks. To find out that someone built this castle on one of them was too good to pass up.
On the 2nd floor of the castle up the grand staircase is a room with a movie that gives an overview of the castle history and of George and Louisa’s life. It was good, a little hokey, but worth sitting for about 10-15 minutes.
The following pictures are of the interior of the castle. You will see the entrance, staircase, living room, dining room with original furniture, bedrooms, some unfinished areas on the upper floors and the roof area from a veranda. The roof is very complicated. This castle will never be finished because it was abandoned so you do get to see the structure of it. Do notice the colors of the wall paint, one room is a vivid rosy color.
Just click on one of the photos and the slide show will open for you to scroll through. To close look to the left upper corner for the X and use that to close the show otherwise you may close out totally. Of course, you can stop by the gift shop at the entrance of Boldt Castle and by videos and books about Boldt Castle which would give you much more detail and professional photos…of do a Google search and click on images…