Castles of New York

By Scott Ian Barry

Subjects: New York/regional, Architectural History/architecture
Series: Excelsior Editions
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Hardcover : 9781438433974, 148 pages, September 2010

Table of contents


Long Island

Hempstead House
Castle Gould
La Falaise

New York City

Belvedere Castle (Central Park)
The Cloisters (Manhattan)
Fonthill Castle (College of Mount Saint Vincent, The Bronx)

Westchester County

Iona Castle (New Rochelle)
Leland Castle (New Rochelle)
Reid Hall (Manhattanville College, Purchase)
Whitby Castle (Rye)

Hudson Valley

Bannerman Castle (Beacon/Cold Spring)
Castle on the Hudson (Tarrytown)
Cat Rock (Osborn Castle) (Garrison)
Dolce Tarrytown House (Tarrytown)
Emma Willard School (Troy)
Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library (Vassar College, Poughkeepsie)
Lyndhurst (Tarrytown)
Mount Saint Alphonsus (Highland)
New York State Capitol (Albany)
Olana (Hudson)
Skytop at Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz)
State University Plaza (Albany)
Ward Maor Gatehouse (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson)
Wing's Castle (Millbrook)

Mohawk Valley

Amsterdam Castle (Amsterdam)
Beardslee Castle (St. Johnsville)

Adirondacks and North Country

New York State Military Museum (Saratoga Springs)
Singer Castle (Dark Island, Chippewa Bay)
Boldt Castle (Heart Island, Alexandria Bay)

An architectural and historical tour of twenty-nine of New York State’s finest castles.


Often the highlight of any European vacation, castles have captured the hearts of architecture buffs and romantics for generations. However, splendid examples of the form can be found right here in New York, as award-winning photographer Scott Ian Barry shows in this architectural and historical tour of twenty-nine of his favorite castles throughout the state. Included here are such well-known destinations as Castle Gould on Long Island, Belvedere Castle in Central Park, and Frederic Edwin Church's nineteenth-century Moorish castle Olana just south of Hudson, along with less well-known and more off-the-beaten-track structures, including Boldt Castle on Heart Island in the Thousand Islands and "Cat Rock" Castle in Garrison. In words and in stunning photographs, Barry tells us the story behind each castle, while also exploring along the way what draws him—and us—to these monumental buildings in the first place.

Scott Ian Barry's award-winning photographs have been published by numerous publications and organizations, including the New York Times, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Sierra Club. His first book, The Kingdom of Wolves, won the Outstanding Science Trade Book Award from the National Science Teachers Association, and Wolf Empire: An Intimate Portrait of a Species won the praise of many, including Robert Redford, Ted Turner, and Tom Brokaw, who called it "a magnificent portrait of one of nature's most majestic creatures." His other books include Totems and The Streeter. He currently lives in Rhinebeck, New York.


"Castles of New York has much information about castle architecture. But Barry realizes castles are more than buildings. He brings his stone subjects to life by sharing the excitement and satisfaction of his explorations and the lives of the people—and occasional ghosts—who have inhabited the castles." — Kaatskill Life

"Presented in full color and accompanied by a great array of history alongside it, Castles of New York is a gorgeous coffee table book for any castle lover." — Library Bookwatch

"…a perfect conversation-starter, easily fitting onto any living room coffee table, or something you can proudly show off to house guests." — Kingston Daily Freeman