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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Trip To Loveland Castle

A week ago, Saturday, the boys and I went to the Loveland Castle. Have you ever been there? It is really cool.

Loveland Castle is a unique architectural treasure, built in the Normanesque style by the late Harry D. Andrews. Mr Andrews spent some time in France--first during World War I, and later to attend college. The castle was authentically designed as a full-scale replica of a medieval Normanesque castle, Ch√Ęteau Laroche, while the ballroom was designed one-fifth scale. Mr Andrews began building the castle in the spring of 1929, on the North bank shore of Little Miami River, in the city of Loveland, Ohio. The construction stones were provided from the river rock. The castle became his life's work, and over the next half a century, he built a 17-room castle. The architecture of the castle includes a great hall, a banquet hall, an armory, a master bedroom, a chapel, a small work office, a dungeon, and beautiful gardens with exceptional plants and flowers.

One of the most amazing things we heard about Harry was that he carried nearly 50,000 buckets full of stone up the bank of the river and from a nearby gorge. He lived in the castle and worked on it until he died in 1981.


At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Randy said...

That place is really cool. Someone showed me where it was about 15 years ago and i still think about how i need to take Olivia there.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger RCO Banks said...

Randy failed to mention to you that he took me there on what I thought was a romantic date about 15 years ago. I guess that left his memory of the Loveland Castle.


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