August 31, 2012

Ravenloft Castle

Ravenloft Castle 
 Sitting high on a dark hillside outside of a small town in Upstate New York, The Ravenloft Castle looks like it escaped from the pages of Grimm’s fairy tales. Complete with Gothic windows, turrets, towers, steep parapeted roofs, crumbling walls, and a courtyard overgrown with shrubs and trees The Ravenloft Castle has been a landmark and a source of stories both real and romantic for almost 100 years. The design of the castle is thought to have been inspired by late nineteenth century interpretations of medieval European castles constructed in Scotland.
The castle had 36 rooms and legend passed down from generation to generation says that each room had steam heat and electricity long before any home in the township had them. The roofing slate came from England, the marble for the floors, fireplace and staircases from Italy and the iron gates from France. The fireplace in the reception room was valued at over $5000 in 1910. Gold leaf was used to cover it.
Construction on the castle was begun in the early years of the First World War, and ceased in 1924, three years after the owner’s death in 1921. Never fully completed, the building represents an impressive example of the romanticized medievalism that emerged in American culture at the turn of the twentieth century.
Buildings on the property include the castle, tall ornate iron gates with stone piers, a one-lane stone bridge on the service road, several "service" buildings along the Road and a farm complex in the southwest corner.
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8 comments:

  1. what a stunning home this would make...If no one wants I'll take it 😆

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  2. Just wondering where in NYSTate this is. Upstate is a very wide area.
    Thanks

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  3. Do you know how I might be able to get in contact with the owner of this castle?

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  4. I'm surprised no one has brought the property and completed it and brought it up to date,looks awesum,the wonders of modern technology....what a shame you don't have to be rich to complete this just have the buildings interest of the period it was done.

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  5. Wow, it would make an awesome B&B! Can't believe no one has done something with it. How sad

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  6. Wow, it would make an awesome B&B! Can't believe no one has done something with it. How sad

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  7. Unfortunate that this place is in the shape it is in. You would have to be rich (contrary to another poster's comments) to restore/bring this place into insurable shape. All the electrical/plumbing would have to be redone completely, there would be guaranteed structural repairs as well. Costs would be in the millions of dollars to restore this place - I work in construction (especially historic preservation/restoration. You couldn't just slap a coat of paint on it and call it done...(even that would cost in the tens of thousands of dollars with the size and also lead remediation you would have to carry out.)

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