When the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property in 1977, it was in a pretty bad state of disrepair – almost to the point where it was going to be condemed and closed.
After assessing the entire island complex, the T.I.B.A. immediately began a stabilization/restoration program to keep Boldt Castle an attractive tourist attraction.
The safety of the tourists who visit Boldt Castle was a primary concern and was addressed at the forefront. Rails on stairways and lighting needed to be added. Work was done to repair the vast roof areas with new tiles, and stonework needed re-pointing.
Last year (2000) Boldt Castle drew a record 230,000 visitors during its six-month season, and that number has been steadily climbing each year.
So far the first two floors of the castle have been renovated, complete with inlaid wooden floors and ornate plaster walls. In the summer of 2000, workers completed the grand marble staircase, on the main floor, and this past June (2001) the stained-glass dome skylight was added, helping to finish a 100-year-old dream.
Because of the ongoing renovations, there is almost always something new for visitors to see each time they visit Boldt Castle and beautiful Heart Island.
Future plans include continuing restoration and restabilization of the island’s buildings, especially Alster Tower, which shall soon see the bowling alley restored. The elevator in the Castle is in the plans for the near future, as well as ongoing research to determine original, intended placements of crated, unused original architectural elements found abandoned on the property.
You Can Learn More About The T.I.B.A. On Their Official Website