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Old 01-15-2008, 09:04 PM   #11
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Stokes Castle (Austin, Nevada)

"Started in the fall of 1896 and completed in June, 1897, by Ansom Phelps Stokes, mine developer, railroad magnate and member of a prominent eastern family, as a summer home for his sons, principally, J.G. Phelps. After the castle (or tower, as the Stokes family always referred to it) was completed, it was used by the family for one brief period in June and July 1897. Since then, with one possible exception, the structure has remained unoccupied."

"Stokes Castle is made of native granite, hewn and put in place by the ancestors of people still living in Austin. The huge stones were raised with a hand winch and held in position by rock wedging and clay mortar. The architectural model for the castle was a medieval tower Anson Stokes had seen and admired on an Italian campagna near Rome. It originally had three floors, each with a fireplace, plate glass view windows, balconies on the second and third floors, and a battlemented terrace on the roof. It had plumbing very adequate for the times and was sumptuously furnished."

(Quoted from a plaque next to the tower.)
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