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Tovrea Castle is a historic structure and landmark in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally intended as a centerpiece for a resort and later a private residence, the castle is now a part of the Phoenix parks system and is a designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.

The Tovrea Castle is a wood and stucco building constructed in a unique
three-tier fashion bearing a strong resemblance to a traditional wedding cake

Construction on the Tovrea Castle began in 1928 after 277 acres (112 hectares) of undeveloped desert land was purchased by Italian immigrant and businessman Alessio Carraro. Carraro had envisioned the site as an exclusive resort surrounded by desert vegetation, being then outside the city limits of Phoenix. To that end the property was landscaped under the direction of a Russian gardener named Moktachev, transforming the largely barren land into a spectacular desert garden.

Shortly after completion of the structure, adjoining landowners began building livestock pens to supply cattle and sheep to a nearby meat packing plant owned by Edward Tovrea. Discouraged by this change, Carraro abandoned his plans to build a resort and sold the property to Tovrea and his wife, Della in 1931.

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  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 6 years ago

  • Romo
    Romoalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent painting…I like how you showed the picture and the changes you made to transform this photo image into a beautiful painting…

  • thanks Romo..this castle is now under re-construction………
    The city bought it and will be making a museum for the public viewing.

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 6 years ago

    fabulous painting K J and interesting history

  • thanks Linda……….glad you like…sorry for the long read though…..

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

    OZZREBELXTIalmost 6 years ago

    There you go again surprising us with change from the country to a castle in the desert well done mate!

  • ha gotta keep you guessin mate…..
    thanks for your comments and friendship.

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 6 years ago

    I love your interpretation of this historic building…one can’t mistake your inimitable style..

  • I will take that as a good thing???!!!

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

  • Phil Threlfall
    Phil Threlfallalmost 6 years ago

    nice work kj … with lots of cactii

  • this place has more cactus than you can imagine

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 6 years ago

    Good representations of this one.

  • gracias amigo………..

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 6 years ago

    Indubitably so….

  • thanks so much………

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

  • shilohlin
    shilohlinalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic rendition!!!

  • glad you like my firend

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful rendition.

  • alwasy a good brah’

    – WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

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