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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.