Belvedere Castle

Belvedere Castle  

Belvedere Castle is a miniature castle built in 1869. It has also been known as Fort Belvedere and Belvedere Tower. The castle was built on top of Vista Rock which makes it look as though it rose straight out of the ground. It was designed by Calvert Vaux (one of the two architects of Central Park) and Jacob Wrey Mould.

Belvedere Castle

The castle was originally intended as a folly, an extravagantly built lookout with incredible views but no true purpose. In the early 1900’s the building found its purpose. The New York Meteorological Observatory, founded by Dr. Daniel Draper, began using it. Since Draper’s retirement in 1912, the National Weather Service has taken the temperature and various other readings for New York from the station within the castle. When you hear the temperature in Central Park is… on the news, it’s coming from this castle. The castle also houses the Henry Luce Nature Observatory.

Belvedere Castle

Belvedere means beautiful view in Italian. It is a fitting name as not only is the view of the castle beautiful, the view from the top of it is too. Standing at the highest elevation in the park the castle offers one of the most incredible views in Central Park. From there you can see the New York City skyline, the Great Lawn, the Delacorte Theater and of course Turtle Pond.

Belvedere Castle

The view from the top

 

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