Home | Local | Attractions | Sightseeing | Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle

Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle was built in 1852 for Edwin Forrest, one of this country's leading nineteenth-century actors. The site, with its breathtaking view of the river, was the consummate setting for the castle that he and his wife intended to build for their country residence.

He originally planned to build it at the water's edge on a natural promonotory jutting out into the river, but the Hudson River Railroad planned to lay its tracks along the river so the present site was chosen instead. The name Fonthill was derived from William Beckford's Gothic Fonthill Abbey in England. While its plan or organization has no parallel to the English building, there are similarities in interior decoration and in certain architectural details which are direct quotations of Fonthill Abbey. An example is the fan faulting of Forrest's drawing room ceiling, probably modelled on Beckford's St. Michael's Gallery.

Fonthill's architect is a matter of some controversy, with some holding the belief that it was built by Thomas C. Smith and others certain it was Alexander Jackson Davis. However, it cannot be accurately determined at this time.

The castle has served variously as a chapel, a residence for the Sisters of Charity of New York, a museum, an annex to the main building, a chaplain's residence, and the college library for the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Today it houses the admissions office.

Subscribe to comments feed Comments (0 posted):

Post your comment comment

Please enter the code you see in the image:

  • email E-Mail to a friend
  • print Print version
  • Plain text Plain text
Rate this article
Image Gallery
Fonthill Castle
No tags for this article
Featured Author

Peter Milosheff

acquired Bronx.com in March, 2005 and manages the sites content and operations since. Prior to acquiring Bronx.com, Peter worked in the area of corporate finance for Christie's New York, Prada, Pfizer, Deutsche Bank and Fortis Bank. At Moody's Investors Service and Deutsche Bank he worked in the areas of structured products revenue accounting and asset management, respectively. At Fortis Bank he worked in the area of structured credit origination and trading. Peter began his entrepreneurial career at age 17 in Sofia, Bulgaria, EU, where he established his private educational advising agency Endeavour, providing service to local students interested in continuing their education abroad, and particularly in the US. While managing most aspects of Bronx.com's operation and delegating others, he continues his career at a Wall Street financial services company (a major European bank) in the area of flow trading of fixed income derivatives. Peter received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2002. He graduated Cum Laude with a major in Finance.