Boldt was a real romantic. He seems to have been a one gal guy and resolved to give his wife Louise a fabulous pressie. He would build her a castle.
He already owned Hart Island and being a romantic and fond of adding e's, he changed its name to Heart Island. Below was the entertainment complex, which contained a bowling alley.
And another mini-castle housed the generator.
Boldt modelled his scheme on Mad King Ludwig's castles in Bavaria.
It was all going swimmingly and he was ready to present the not-quite-finished castle to Louise on Valentine's Day 1904. But you know what happens with the best laid plans. Before he could say "Da-DA!" the unthinkable occurred. Louise died.
It's said Boldt never set foot in the castle again. He ordered all the work stopped and it languished semi-derelict for 70 years until the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority took it over and started a refurbishment. Now it's a colossal tourist attraction. People also like getting married there. A touch macabre, I'd say.
Personally I wouldn't call it exactly beautiful. I told hubby that, if he was thinking of building me one, he could save his money.
There's something not quite right about that column.
They've put in a grand staircase according to the original plans.
Though a lot of it is still bare
They've left some of the graffiti-covered walls to show what it was like before.
A sign demonstrating the triumph of hope over experience.
There was an interesting photo exhibition - here's what happened to a lot of the wooden properties
And here are Mr Boldt's polo ponies disembarking in designer rugs.
This would have been poor Louise's bedroom - put together from the original plans. We've got a bed just like that one - found it on Craigslist.
Shows that plumbing has come full circle, except for the loo, which is what British estate agents used to call dismissively a "high level WC", when it wasn't a selling point.
An in-style dovecote.
Apparently Boldt brought the dining room furniture from another of his houses. Saved a bob or two.
The Italianate gardens had a nice view but they should chop down some trees to get the full effect. Notice the hearts and Bs.