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Beginning in 1900, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in
New York City, set out to build a full size Rhineland Castle in Alexandria Bay, on Picturesque Heart
Island.  The grandiose structure was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise.

In 1904, tragedy struck. Boldt telegrammed the island and commanded the workers to immediately
"stop all construction." Louise had died suddenly. A broken hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream
castle without his beloved. Boldt never returned to the island, leaving behind the structure as a
monument of his love.

For 73 years, the castle and various stone structures were left to the mercy of the wind, rain, ice, snow
and vandals. When the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property in 1977, it was decided
that through the use of all net revenues from the Castle operation it would be preserved for the
enjoyment of future generations.
Castle
 
Powerhouse
The Alster
Tower
(Playhouse)
  The Arch
   
 
 
Italian Garden
       
     
Yacht House