A Summer White House?
When George Boldt halted the construction of Boldt Castle after the death of his wife, Louise, in 1904, workers dropped their hammers and walked away. Boldt Castle and Heart Island remained unoccupied for more than 75 years.
By July of 1915 reports were out about Boldt Castle being offered to the United States Government for a summer White House for the Presidents.
Efforts were made by prominant Washington and New York men to form a syndicate and purchase Heart Island and Boldt Castle from George Boldt and convert it into a summer home for the Presidents of The United States.
Mr. Boldt had agreed that he would dispose of the island property for that purpose, and plans were made to have the measure brought before Congress to appropriate $500,000 with which to purchase the property.
Although Mr Boldt was willing to have the government take over Boldt Castle as a summer home for the Presidents – the deal never actually went through, and the Heart Island estate remained unused.
The United States was involved in World War I during the negotiations for Heart Island and the matter was just never accomplished.
Boldt Castle remained only as an unfinished monument to love.
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