Beautiful Castles in Washington DC
Presented here are 11 beautiful castles in Washington, DC. Most of these castles are open to the public and some of them are big tourist attractions in Washington, DC. A few of these castles are operated today as hotels and some of them can be rented out for weddings, parties and special events.
About half of the castles in Washington, DC were built as homes by millionaires who wanted to showcase their great wealth. The other half of the castles were built by institutions including a few built by the United States Government as well as some by colleges in the nation's capital. All of these castles are great places to visit and one of the castles in Washington, DC is the 3rd tallest building in the city.
Old Post Office Building or Pavilion Castle
Located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave and 12th Street in Washington DC is the the Old Post Office Building or Pavilion Castle.Built from 1892-1899 in Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style this castle-like fortress building is a big tourist attraction in Washington DC today. Visitors to the Old Post Office Castle can travel to a 270 foot high observation deck at the top of the clock tower which at 315 feet in height is the 3rd tallest building in Washington DC.
Brewmaster's Castle or the Christian Heurich Mansion
Located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue, NW in the DuPont Circle neighborhood in Washington DC is the Brewmaster's Castle which is also known as the Christian Heurich Mansion. Built from 1892-1894 by millionaire beer brewer and German immigrant Christian Heurich the Brewmaster's Castle today is open to the public for walk-in tours Thursdays-Saturdays and on Wednesdays by appointment. The Brewmaster's Castle is also available to be rented out for weddings, parties and special events.
Swann House Castle
Located at 1808 New Hampshire Avenue NW in the DuPont Circle neighborhood in Washington DC is the Swan House Castle. Built in 1883 for architect Walter Paris today the Swann House Castle is a bed and breakfast hotel inn that can be rented out for weddings, parties and special occasions that is within walking distance of the White House.
Located on the National Mall in Washington DC is the Smithsonian Castle which is often just called The Castle. Built from 1847-1855 the Smithsonian Castle was the first of the Smithsonian buildings. Designed in Gothic Revival style today The Castle or the Smithsonian Castle houses the administrative offices of the Smithsonian and also houses the Smithsonian main visitors center and is of course open to the public daily. At night Ben Stiller watches over The Castle as Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and others come out to play.
Located at 770 M Street SE in the Navy Yard neighborhood in Washington DC is the Blue Castle. Built in 1891 in Romanesque Revival style the Blue Castle was designed to hold railroad and trolley cars. Today the Blue Castle which was sold for $20 million dollars in 2005 houses a charter school while plans are in the works to convert the site into retail establishments.
Warder Mansion Castle
Located on 16th Street in Washington DC is the Warder Mansion Castle. Originally built in 1888 by architect Henry Hobson Richardson for Benjamin Warder the castle-like Warder Mansion was reconstructed in 1925 and today is home to the Warder Mansion Apartments complex.
Georgetown Castle Gatehouse
Located on the banks of the Georgetown Reservoir near Reservoir Road and MacArthur Boulevard NW in Washington DC is the Georgetown Castle Gatehouse. Built from 1899-1901 to replicate the castle on the Army insignia the Georgetown Castle Gatehouse is a pumping station used to help supply the city with water.
French Ambassador's Residence Castle
Located at 2221 Kalorama Road NW in Washington DC is the French Ambassador's Residence Castle. Built in 1910 this castle-like building used to be the home of such millionaires as William W. Lawrence and John Hays Hammond.
Dominican House of Studies Castle
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Located on the campus of the Dominican House of Studies at 487 Michigan Ave NE in Washington DC is the Dominican House of Studies Castle.
Gibbons Hall Castle
The Gibbons Hall Castle is located at 620 Michigan Ave NE on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Built in 1911 the Gibbons Hall Castle is a residential hall or dormitory today.
Main Hall Castle at Trinity Washington University
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Located on the campus of Trinity Washington University at 125 Michigan Ave NE in Washington DC is the Main Hall Castle which houses most of the classrooms and offices at the college.
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