Redstone Castle

Redstone, Colorado, in addition to its rich, natural beauty, is home to a spectacular gem of turn-of-the-century American history. The Redstone Castle, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 by the Department of the Interior, was built in 1897 for American industrialist, John Cleveland Osgood. Construction was completed in 1902. 

The manor, which graces the Crystal River Valley, was built as a hunting retreat, as well as a place to entertain other titans of industry. Rockefeller, Roosevelt, and Morgan were counted as guests here and they dined on the finest silver, china and crystal. Absolutely no expense was spared in its construction. To be able to admire such craftsmanship as leather-lined walls, carved wood paneling by Gustav Stickley, light fixtures by Louis Tiffany, and dramatic ironworks throughout is a real treat. 

I was able to tour Redstone Castle a few summers ago, and while it is currently undergoing major restorations, it is projected to re-open in the spring of 2018. About an hour drive from Aspen, it is well worth a visit! Learn more at the Redstone Castle website


a dramatic entry, flanked by lions

a dramatic entry, flanked by lions


gate details

gate details


a view of the castle, which overlooks the Crystal River

a view of the castle, which overlooks the Crystal River


view from the front terrace

view from the front terrace


Redstone Castle

Redstone Castle


National Register of Historic Places, placed in 1971

National Register of Historic Places, placed in 1971


original buggy

original buggy


my favorite detail - a wrought iron dragon fountain in the courtyard

my favorite detail – a wrought iron dragon fountain in the courtyard


dragon fountain

dragon fountain


view from the courtyard

view from the courtyard


Great Hall

Great Hall


Great Hall

Great Hall


Music Parlor

Music Parlor


Library featuring green leather walls

Library featuring green leather walls


leather wall detail, and a photograph of Osgood

leather wall detail, and a photograph of Osgood


Library

Library


campaign chairs from Osgood's travels

campaign chairs from Osgood’s travels


Russian-inspired formal Dining Room

Russian-inspired formal Dining Room


ceiling relief moulding

ceiling relief moulding


love a good door detail

love a good door detail


Osgood's wife, referred to as 'Lady Bountiful', hired a painter from Europe to paint this floral detail to conceal a mirror crack that developed in her bathroom

Osgood’s wife, referred to as ‘Lady Bountiful’, hired a painter from Europe to paint this floral detail to conceal a mirror crack that developed in her bathroom


built-in wardrobe

built-in wardrobe


fabulous fixtures

fabulous fixtures


Game Room

Game Room


Game Room

Game Room


stairs to Game Room

stairs to Game Room


cast brass globe lights, created by Louis Tiffany

cast brass globe lights, created by Louis Tiffany

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