Name: Loveland Castle
Location: Loveland, Ohio
|Ted, 24, from Cincinnati, wrote:
| A magnificent little castle in
the woods and just yards from a riverbank. I use the word
"little" very loosely because this castle is enormous compared
to a typical two-story house. A 1/5 scale replica of Chateau La
Roche (built in France in the 10th century) it was built by only one
man. He started it in 1929 and didn't finish until 1955.
It's even available for weddings
|Bob, 45, from Midwest USA, wrote:
|This is one of the premier castles of
the United States. It may not compare with many from Europe, but
for America it is pretty nice.
|Lawrence Sheline, III, 22, from Mideast USA, wrote:
|This castle is a beautiful spectacle of a life long
ambition of one man's hobby turned tourist attraction. The Loveland
castle's real name is Chateau LaRoche.
Chateau LaRoche means castle of the rocks. To build the castle he mixed
rocks and cement together that made a special kind of brick. The castle
is 96ft. by 65ft. The castle has four main rooms. In 1987 more than
4,000 people came to the Haunted House that was there. It sits right by
the Little Miami River. It's a pretty view and there are picnic tables
that you can eat at. Harry Andrews, formerly a teacher and a writer,
built it for the children that he taught in his Sunday school class. 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, Château 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. Nowadays, the
Knights Of the Golden Trail (KOGT) carry on Harry D. Andrews' dream and
legacy for over half a century. This volunteers organization dedicatedly
maintain Loveland Castle. Today, Loveland Castle, Château Laroche, is a
Historic Landmark and Museum in Loveland, Ohio. The symbolic admission
fee is meant to fund the completion of the last floor of "L"
wing's tower and the general maintenance of this Historic Landmark. A
portrait of Harold Andrews now hang's in one of the biggest rooms of the
castle, to be remembered always!
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