Lovers of architecture and exquisite construction will more than likely be fans of castles and their structures. Though this may seem like a rarity in the modern age, there are a number of places that an individual can visit if they are intent getting up close with these magnificent buildings.
Some of the breathtaking castles that can still be found in the United States include:
1. Singer Castle
Previously referred to as the Dark Island Castle, this castle is located next to the Canadian border and was first owned by Fredrick Gilbert Bourne.
2. Berkeley Castle
As the name suggests, this castle is located in Berkeley Springs. It was built around the 1800s but unfortunately the construction was not completed before the original owner, Colonel Samuel Taylor Suit passed away. The castle was designed for his family vacations and can still be rented for private events to this day.
3. Piggott’s Castle
This castle happens to be the only castle found in Southwest of Portland, Oregon. As such it has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
4. Castello di Amorosa
Based in the glorious Napa valley, this architectural beauty was built in the 1800s. The castle also features a winery within the premises.
5. Fonthill Castle
This castle is actually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The man behind it was named Henry Chapman Mercer, an archeologist and tile maker and he undertook the project in 1908 completing it 4 years later.
6. Biltmore Estate
This is actually one of the biggest private residences in the United States. The castle located in Ashville, NC. Is over 170,000 square feet and owned by the Vanderbilt family.
7. Bannerman Castle
Bannerman castle was built in 1900 by Francis Bannerman VI after he bought an entire island known as Pollepel. The man ran a surplus military equipment store and he used this castle as a base to store his ammunition. Unfortunately the interior was destroyed in a fire that routed the building in 1969.
8. Druim Moir Castle
Located in Philadelphia, the Druim Moir castle was built in the late 1800s for Henry H. Houston. The owner was a well-respected businessman and the building boasted 30 rooms.
9. Hearst Castle
The castle was built by William Randolph Hearst who was a newspaper mogul in the 1900s. The castle was built between the years 1919 and 1947. It is now a popular state park based in California. William only got to enjoy the castle for a few years however as he died in 1951.
10. Kimberly Crest House And Gardens
The castle was bought by John Alfred Kimberly and is run by the Kimberly-Shirk Association which was established by John’s daughter before she died.
11. Grey Towers
Its original owner was William Welsh Harrison who was part owner of Franklin Sugar Refinery. The ownership has thus moved to Arcadia University who use it as an Administration building as well as part of their student housing.
12. Nichols Hall
This castle was constructed for academia purposes on behalf of Kansas State University when they were in need of a gymnasium.
13. Smithsonian Castle
The Smithsonian Institute building was nicknamed “The Castle” after its construction between 1847 and 1855.