Beautiful Castles in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Presented here are beautiful castles in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Most of these castles were built as homes for millionaire businessman who wanted to show off their wealth. A few of these castles are open to the public and all of them are well worth a visit if just to see the outside designs.
Though only a few of these places are currently open to the public Castles tend to end up being open to the public as museums, wedding facilities, hotels and tourist attractions and in the future it is likely many more of these castles were be converted to such uses. To see beautiful homes in Minneapolis many of which are open to the public visit Beautiful Homes in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
American Swedish Institute Castle Museum
Located at 2600 Park Avenue in Minneapolis is the American Swedish Institute Castle Museum. Built from 1903-1908 for newspaper millionaire and Swedish immigrant Swan Turnblad and his wife Christina the American Swedish Institute Castle became a museum in 1929 when the Turnblads donated the castle to the American Swedish Institute. Today the 33 room American Swedish Institute Castle Museum is open to the public for tours and is a great tourist attraction in Minnesota.
Eugene Merrill House Castle
Located at 2116 Second Ave South in Minneapolis is the Eugene Merrill House Castle. Built in 1884 by millionaire banker and lawyer Eugene Merrill the Eugene Merrill House Castle was designed by noted architect William Channing Whitney in Richardsonian Romanesque style. This house castle would make a great wedding facility, bed and breakfast hotel or tourist attraction today.
Minneapolis City Hall Castle
The Minneapolis City Hall building is built in castle-like fashion and located at 315 4th Street South right in downtown Minneapolis near the convention center and best hotels in the city. Built from 1885 to 1905 the Richardsonian Romanesque style Minneapolis City Hall building is over 100 feet tall and the clock tower is 365 feet high. This grand castle-like building is open to the public and tours are offered every third Wednesday of the month at noon.
Charles S. Pillsbury Mansion Castle
Located at 100 22nd Street East in the Mansion District in Minneapolis, Minnesota is the Charles S. Pillsbury Mansion Castle. Built in 1913 as the Gothic style castle-like home for Charles S. Pillsbury one of the sons of Charles Alfred Pillsbury the co-founder of Pillsbury Company the Charles S. Pillsbury Mansion Castle has been home to the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts and the Guthrie Theatre and today is owned and home to BLIND Incorporated which provides services to the blind in Minnesota.
H. Alden Smith Castle
The H. Alden Smith House Castle is located at 1400 Harmon Place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Built in the late 1800's for millionaire businessman H. Alden Smith the H. Alden Smith Castle has been a funeral home, apartments and movie set for the film Drop Dead Fred. Today the H. Alden Smith House Castle is home to the Wells Family College Center which is part of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Pillsbury Hall Castle
Located on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota is the Pillsbury Hall Castle. Built in 1889 the Pillsbury Hall Castle was named for former Minnesota Governor John S. Pillsbury.
George R. Newell House Castle
The George R. Newell House Castle is located at 1818 LaSalle Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Also known as Chateau LaSalle because of its street address the George R. Newell House Castle was built in 1888 for wealthy businessman Sumner T. McKnight but was quickly sold to grocery store millionaire George R. Newell. Today the Romanesque Revival style castle house is in private hands but would make a great bed and breakfast hotel or tourist attraction in Minneapolis.
Alfred F. Pillsbury House Castle
Located at 116 22nd Street East in Minneapolis, Minnesota is the 8,342 square foot Tudor Revival style Alfred F. Pillsbury House Castle. Built in the early 1900's for Alfred F. Pillsbury the only son of Pillsbury Company co-founder John S. Pillsbury the Alfred Pillsbury House Castle today is a private residence but the owners do open the castle up to visitors for art shows periodically.
University of Minnesota Armory Castle
Image Source by Ben Franske
Located on the campus of the Minneapolis branch of the University of Minnesota in the Old Campus District is the Armory Castle. Built in 1896 the University of Minnesota Armory Castle used to house the athletics department and the men's basketball team and today is used for office space, ROTC programs and as a gym.
Van Dusen House Castle
Located at 1900 LaSalle Avenue in Minneapolis is the stylish George W. and Nancy B. Van Dusen House Castle. Built in 1893 in mainly Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style for the millionaire Van Dusen family the Van Dusen House Castle is 12,000 square feet large. Today the Van Dusen House Castle is in private hands but would make a great hotel, tourist attraction or wedding and special events site.
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