Castle in the Clouds

Moultonborough, New Hampshire

In 1913-14, industrialist Thomas G. Plant undertook the construction of “Lucknow,” a remarkable estate in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Now known as the museum, Castle in the Clouds, the stone walls, terra-cotta roof tiles and seemingly hand-hewn beams conceal a state-of-the-art steel and concrete structure fitted with all the most modern conveniences of the early-twentieth century.  The amazingly intact, eclectic interior represents the work of some of America’s finest Arts & Crafts style designers and craftsmen.

The estate consisted of two storybook-like stone gate cottages (one still on the property stewarded by the Land Trust), a Carriage House (a very large-scale stable with sleeping quarters above for the chauffeurs), and the Main House (The Castle), a remarkable work of art in masonry. Today, the Castle Preservation Society, a subsidiary of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, operates the property as a seasonal tourist attraction (May – October) and events venue.

B + W conducted a comprehensive conditions report for the three primary buildings including masonry, roofing, structural, mechanical, and electrical studies. This work is used to guide the capital campaign and ongoing maintenance and repair work at the Castle. Initial projects to restore the roof and dormers of the main house are the first phase in a long-term plan of remedial work to bring the property back to its original condition.

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