Belvedere Castle


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Coordinates: 40°46′46″N 73°58′09″W / 40.779447°N 73.96906°W / 40.779447; -73.96906

Belvedere Castle in September 2005
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Belvedere Castle is a folly in Central Park in Manhattan, New York City. It contains exhibit rooms and an observation deck, and since 1919, has also housed the official Central Park weather station.

Belvedere Castle was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1867–1869. An architectural hybrid of Gothic and Romanesque styles, Vaux's design called for a Manhattan schist and granite structure with a corner tower with conical cap, with the existing lookout over parapet walls between them.[1] Its name comes from belvedere, which means "beautiful view" in Italian.[2]:162

  1. ^ The design, published in a lithograph, is illustrated in Rosenzweig & Blackmar 1992, p. 203 harvnb error: no target: CITEREFRosenzweigBlackmar1992 (help).
  2. ^ Miller, Sara (2003). Central Park : an American masterpiece. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publishers in association with the Central Park Conservancy. ISBN 978-0-8109-3946-2. OCLC 50773395.

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