5 days ago
Today's #featurefriday is a #repost from @buildingsofnewengland - they have an amazing feed of East Coast buildings so I definitely recommend following. And how could I fail to repost this true castle! .
Morningthorpe // 1894 // Rossiter & Wright Architects // This Tudor castle was built for Seth Howes, a partner of P.T Barnum of circus fame. In 1867, Howes greatly expanded operations of the circus and brought it to England with a large performance to Queen Victoria. Howes was the longtime accountant for the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus and clearly managed his personal homes expenses a little different! The castle features 22 rooms, 13 fireplaces, turrets and large outbuildings on the grounds (will be featured after this). The last of the Howes family to live in the home was Augusta Root Howes who died as a recluse in 1979. A massive estate sale was listed in the New York Times and the grounds were shortly after purchased by the Delancey Street Foundation, a self-help organization which houses and provides opportunities to former homeless, substance abusers, felons, and former gang members.