April 28, 2017

Preservation Personals: Kansas Castle Seeks Royal Family

  • By: Jared Foretek

With 17 bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, I’m a Wichita, Kansas, castle fit for a king, a large extended royal family, and maybe a small army to go with them.

Between my main building and carriage house I total over 13,000-square feet of historic hardwood floors, Grecian fireplaces, turret rooms, and more. Known as Campbell Castle, I was designed by prominent Boston architect Alfred Gould in 1886 for a local cattle baron who wanted a Romanesque castle like those in the United Kingdom. And certain pieces date back even further. That Grecian fireplace I mentioned is over 600 years old, and my 280-year-old staircase was imported from London. I’ve also got antique stained glass windows from Germany and a hand-cut Vermont slate roof.

By now some modern day luxuries have been added, like six Jacuzzis and an updated kitchen featuring a 12-burner gas stove and two double commercial refrigerators. My historic elegance remains intact, though; 12 of the bedrooms have antique fireplaces and the walls still feature their native limestone.

I’ve been used as a bed and breakfast, wedding venue, and private residence. But with so much space I’d also be perfect for offices, a restaurant, spa, and more.

The beautiful Riverside neighborhood is lovely as well. I’m just across the Little Arkansas River from Oak Park and a short walk from the Botanica Gardens and the Wichita Art Museum. There’s lots to discover inside and out. See more here.

Kansas castle exterior

photo by: Patricia Hoffmaster

Kansas castle dining room

photo by: Patricia Hoffmaster

Imagine the dinner parties you could have in my formal dining room.

Kansas castle parlor

photo by: Patricia Hoffmaster

My imported staircase is juse one of many international touches.

Jared Foretek is an editorial intern at the National Trust. He enjoys historic train stations, old bars, and interesting public spaces.

jforetek@savingplaces.org

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