Visit the magnificent Bold Castle and let
transport you to another world. Located on Heart Island in Alexandria
Castle is an
to the memory of a man's love for his wife.
The magnificence of the structure was to be equaled only by
George Boldt's adoration of Luise, who was the love of his life and
reason for the construction of such impressive summer home.
George C. Boldt was a
proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
He came to America in the 1860's from Prussia, and was the son of poor
George C. Boldt was a man of tremendous organizational skill, daring
and imagination. He became the most successful hotel magnate in
America, managing/profit sharing the Waldorf-Astoria in New york, and
the Bellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia. He was the president of several
companies, a trustee of Cornell University, and the director of the
Hotel Association of New York. For Boldt, to dream and to do were
synonymous. Bold Castle stands as an eternal monument to the memory of
the man whose dreams were no more far-reaching than his capabilities.
1904 construction was well underway on the 120 room full size
Castle when tragedy struck. A telegram announcing the death of George
Boldt's wife Louise arrived... Three hundred artisans and craftsmen
arround the world dropped their tools and left the island, never to
return. The fine furniture, sculptures, Italian mantle pieces, imported
tapestries and other art pieces never reached their intended places in
this tragedy strucked, melancholy mansion.
A broken hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream castle without his
Boldt never returned to the island, leaving behind the structure as a
to his love.
Today, an ongoing major restoration is
this magnificent piece of island history.
Boat tours are available from both United States and Canada. Private
boat dockage is available at Heart Island. A shutle from Heart Island
provides access to the Boldt Yacht House on Wellesley Island.
Identification is required
to visit Boldt Castle (for Canadian and U.S. Customs and Immigration).