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  • date of construction: 1900-1904
  • cost: 2.5 million dollars (1904)
  • dimensions: 170 feet long by 160 feet wide
  • architect: hewitt and hewitt of philadelphia
  • materials: native reddish-gray granite quarried on nearby oak island, mortar and steel
  • 150 men quarried stone from george boldt’s own oak island, to supply materials for construction of the castle
  • woods: light oak, dark mahogany and walnut imported from europe
  • marble: pinkish-white marble imported from italy
  • roof tile: original tiles were cement. current ones are red clay
  • 30,000 square feet of roof tile is required to cover the roof
  • power: electricity was generated on the island in the adjascent power house
  • hot and cold running water was supplied to the castle from the power house
  • castle rises six stories, from the foundation level of the indoor swimming pool, to the highest tower room (the water tower)
  • contains 127 rooms with 30 bathrooms, 16 fireplaces and 365 windows
  • walls are 2-feet thick and completely fireproof
  • door and window sills are constructed of red potsdam sandstone
  • castle includes four small towers 40 feet high, two towers 60 feet high, and the larger (water) tower rises to 75 feet
  • slabs of granite measuring 8 feet by 14 feet by 8 inches were cut and used in the construction of the castle. slabs 20 feet long were cut for steps
  • dome: opalescent stained glass colored green, pink, and light blue. hangs 80-100 feet above the floor
  • over 300 stonemasons, carpenters and artisans worked to construct boldt castle
  • over $14 million dollars have been spent so far, in continuing restoration and rehabilitation efforts
  • over 230,000 visitors tour boldt castle and heart island
    during it’s six-month season



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2 Responses

  1. Beautiful. We stay in Alex Bay every summer and go see the “summer home” everytime we are there.

    • Thank you for your visit to my website, Boldt Castle: a Virtual Tour. I envy you being able to stay in such a beautiful location each year. I too go there when I can, but 3 years ago, I moved from the upstate NY area to Nowheresville Tennessee. I regret the move for many many reasons, but mostly because I can not visit my favorite place in America – that is the 1000 Islands area and Boldt Castle, as much as I would like to. Again, thank you for your visit to my website. At this time however, the site is not finished so PLEASE come back again and check its progress. Better yet, why not join my newsletter and be informed of website updates and special events being held at Boldt Castle? I will be adding the photo album section of the site very very soon. Doug StJohn

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