The Amazing Architecture of Craigdarroch Castle
Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada due to its landmark status in Victoria
Craigdarroch Castle has 39 rooms and over 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2).
It was constructed in the late 1800s as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan.
Robert died in April 1889, 17 months before construction on the castle was completed. His sons Alexander and James took over the role of finishing the castle after his death.
The initial architect of the castle, Warren Heywood Williams, also died before completion of the castle.
His work was taken over by his associate, Arthur L. Smith, in 1890.
James Dunsmuir also commissioned the construction of Victoria’s second castle; Hatley Castle located in Colwood, British Columbia
Craigdarroch Castle is believed to have cost as much as $500,000 when it was built, and included granite from British Columbia, tile from San Francisco, and an oak staircase prefabricated in Chicago.
When originally constructed Craigdarroch stood in grounds comprising 28 acres (110,000 m2) of formal gardens in Victoria’s Rockland neighbourhood.
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