Of course we have the White House and all the embassies but Cinderella doesn't live in those places. In DC, we actually have a few castles to go along with the home of the President and all those ambassadors. You won't find Queen Elizabeth living in any of these castles, but it is fun to imagine what life would be like if you lived in a castle in Washington!
1. The Gibbons Hall Castle at Catholic University
2. Rossdhu Gate
3. Blue Castle
6. Smithsonian Castle
Philadelphia architect Theophilus Parsons Chandler Jr. designed Baltzley and possibly the smaller R.A. Charles Castle next door. The latter takes its name from the Treasury Department official who built the house around 1890 on land purchased from the Baltzleys.
“Baltzley Castle had hot and cold running water and electricity before the White House did,” says Richard Cook, a Glen Echo historian. A cistern in the attic delivered water to a coal-fired water heater, and then the water was pumped through the house. “It was as modern and as up-to-date as it could be in the 1890s,” Cook says.
During the ’20s, it was a speakeasy called the “Mohican Lodge,” one of several roadhouses serving illegal liquor along Conduit Road (now MacArthur Boulevard), according to Cook.