Harris & Ewing, photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Demolished Castles in North America


A list of demolished castles in North America might seem like an unlikely title for a page on Castlesy – The American Castles website  – but there are/were some amazing, castle-like properties across the USA and Canada that sadly no longer exist. 

Despite being relatively youthful properties (as compared to medieval properties in Europe), these beautiful castles and chateaux succumbed to the same fate of other more 'ordinary' properties in that they either fell in to disrepair or fell out of favor with their owners and thus subsequently were knocked down, flattened or in some cases just left to crumble.   It's an unfortunate reality that some of those castles weren't on the National Register of Historic Places and furthermore some were demolished before the National Register existed (it was formed in 1966).


Beacon Towers Castle, Sands Point, New York (pictured above) was an impressive, chateau-esque mansion.

Canterbury Castle (aka Arlington Castle), Portland, Oregon was a medieval style stone castle built in the early 20th century.

Harbor Hill, Roslyn, Long Island, New York was a chateau style mansion built at the turn of the 19th/20th century.

Rocky Hill Castle, Courtland, Alabama, was demolished in the early 1960s.  The centerpiece of this castellated property was a 5-storey Gothic tower.

Castle Stewart (aka Stewart's Folly), Washington D.C. was a chateau-like mansion with tower featuring a conical roof.  Castle Stewart was demolished at the start of the 20th century.




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