Plans to Transform Fonthill Castle Revealed, Riverdale, The Bronx

Fonthill CastleFonthill Castle Site Design, Courtesy TRA Studio

There aren’t many architects nowadays who would expect to get the opportunity to work on a Gothic Revival Castle in New York City, but TRA Studios is doing exactly that in The Bronx’s Riverdale neighborhood. Instead of building a new one, they are redesigning Fonthill Castle to accommodate a new school for the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle Site Design, Courtesy TRA Studio

The structure was originally built for a Shakespearian actor, Edwin Forrest, in 1852. Forrest later sold the lot to the Sisters of Charity of New York, who relocated the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent to the Bronx from Manhattan. Incidentally, they were moved out of Manhattan because of the development of Central Park. The castle has been a part of the college ever since.

Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle as Library circa 1860, Courtesy TRA Studio

They plan to reconstruct some of the building and adapt the space for exhibitions and events, with the ultimate goal of reasserting the castle as central to the expanding campus, and as a space to socialize and connect. They will also be reshaping the landscape to connect the castle with other college buildings.

Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle Rendering, Courtesy TRA Studio

Fonthill Castle

Fonthill Castle Site Design, Courtesy TRA Studio

The project is expected to be completed next year.

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1 Comment on "Plans to Transform Fonthill Castle Revealed, Riverdale, The Bronx"

  1. Welcome Home (David) | October 4, 2017 at 7:08 am | Reply

    I don’t think you don’t like it.

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