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.