Kansas City is located in the center of the U.S. and miles away from the nearest ocean let alone Europe. But for some of the city’s wealthy elite (and a few less endowed but determinedly creative home builders) having one of Europe’s most revered symbols in their hometown is a dream come true. We look at some of the homes and businesses that were built to resemble European castles and manor houses. Most of these are in the KC metro, but a few are a couple hours drive or less.
The Workhouse Castle
The Tiffany castle
Have you ever wanted to own a Castle? This one is currently for sale. It is located on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River on the city’s Northeast Neighborhood. It also has a great view of Downtown
The K.C. Museum castle.
The Brownstone Castle
The Northmoor castle
Equipped with a lookout tower complete with cannons, The Northmoor Castle is located in the suburb of Northmoor which is appropriately located in the north part of Kansas City. Anyone who has taken I29 t the airport has mostly seen the tower as it is located on a hill next to the highway.
Further Afield: The Tea House Castle Lawrence Kansas
The Cray Castle Atchison Kansas
Like many of these places, this one is also rumored to be haunted. I guess ghosts like castles.
Miller mausoleum Castle Holden Missouri
What’s more haunted than a castle? A mausoleum Castle perhaps?
.Kimbal Castle and Nicholls Hall Manhattan, Kansas
This castle home was just recently renovated
This building is on the campus of Kansas State University and houses the school of communication and the Theater department. Pretty apropos for a place for theater majors.
Bothwell Lodge Sedalia Missouri
This lodge was once a private residence and now is a State Park. The lodge is available for tours and is stunning inside and out.
Ha Ha Tonka Castle, Camdenton Missouri
The grounds of the abandoned mansion is a photographers gem. If you would like to see more, I made a post of the park a couple weeks ago here at Globetrotting Grandpa.
Not all of these castles are open to the public but even those which are not, are worth at least a drive-by visit. With Halloween coming up next month, you could get some spooky pictures.