Joslyn Castle Omaha Reviews
Omaha's Scottish Baronial Castle Aug 04, 2013
As I was looking at the Google Earth map of Omaha, even before I went there, one of the features that jumped out was an immense castle-like structure in the middle of a residential neighborhood. What was that? I was to find out it is the Joslyn Castle.
The Joslyn Castle is a elaborate mansion built in 1903 for George A and Sarah Joslyn. The castle was designed by Omaha architect John McDonald in the Scottish Baronial style. The Joslyns had made their money selling newsprint and George Joslyn was the wealthiest man in Nebraska when they commission the house. They were also philanthropists (They Joslyn Art Museum was founded by their bequests.)
The castle was constructed of limestone, most of which was shipped from Vermont, where the Joslyn's had come from. The castle's 34 rooms included a reception hall, library, drawing room, ballroom and spaces for billiards, card playing, smoking, exercise and a two-lane bowling alley in the basement. The original landscaping designed by Jens Jensen is in process of restoration.
The mansion is used primarily today as an event venue for weddings, banquets, receptions and the like. It is so heavily booked that tours of the house are limited to two Sundays a month. Unfortunately, that did not fit with our schedule, so we did not get inside. But, the grounds are open and we did enjoy the exterior and the gardens. It is a stunning crenelated house from another age.
House tours are $6.
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