Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
If you’ve ever visited Victoria, B.C. then there is a good chance you’ve heard of or even been inside the historic Craigdarroch Castle. It was built in the late 1800s by coal baron Robert Dunsmuir for his wife Joan as a place to raise their children. The legendary castle was under construction between 1887 and 1890 and sits prominently on a hill overlooking the City of Victoria. Robert passed away shortly before the castles completion in 1889, leaving the entire estate to his wife Joan. The original architect, Warren Heywood Williams, also died before completion, and was finished by his associate, Arthur L. Smith, in 1890. She raised their children and occupied the castle until her death in 1908. The castle is believed to have cost as much as $500,000 when it was built, and includes materials such as granite from British Columbia, tile from San Francisco, and a grand oak staircase that was prefabricated in Chicago. Today, the landmark castle is owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society and is open to the public for tours generating well over 150,000 visitors annually. The 39-room, 25,000 square foot stone manse is also popular with the film industry having been used in productions such as Little Women (1994), Spooky House (2004), Cats & Dogs (2001), and the recent horror film The Boy (2016) which filmed on location in April of last year. The film stars Lauren Cohan as an American girl who takes a job as a nanny in a remote village in the United Kingdom. Upon arrival at the home (Craigdarroch Castle) she learns that the child she was hired to care for is actually a life-size porcelain doll that the parents treat like a real boy. Have you visited the castle before? If not, would you be more likely to visit after watching The Boy? Scroll down to see the trailer. Some interior photography provided by Mike Reid of MikeReidPhotography.com.