BODINE CASTLE

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BODINE CASTLE, FORMERLY LOCATED ON VERNON Boulevard in Long Island City, was erected in 1840 as a modified Gothic revival structure. The castle was constructed of heavy, grey, stone blocks, two stories high with a large, rugged, two-story, square tower occupying one end of the castle. The roof of the principal structure was pitched. Heavily constructed battlements lined the lower sides of the roof’s perimeter and rose to stepped battlements over some of the second-story windows. The great mass of the tower extended above the main structure’s pitched roof, giving evidence of highceilinged rooms contained within its two stories. The roof of this tower was flat with corbel-supported battlements surrounding its perimeter. High, casemented, twin-arched windows were centrally located on its exterior indented walls. An additional small, battlemented, octagonal tower rose two stories above the castle and its main tower with slender, arched windows on all sides of its uppermost floor. A small, octagonal balcony, supported by corbels on each face, enriched the uppermost story, providing a platform as a lookout to the panoramicview that once surrounded the castle in its early days. Several of the castle’s windows were rectangular, contrasting with the other rounded, arched windows and doors found throughout the castle. Bodine Castle once existed in its early period as a grand and admirable structure amidst spacious, wellkept grounds. The quality and appearance of its architecture was appealing in its design and suggested the work of fine craftsmen. During the castle’s 126 years of existence, it gradually became surrounded to its very doors by the march of progress. Bodine Castle was considered for landmark designation, but unfortunately no such designation was made, and the end of its existence was marked. Prior to the castle’s demolition, which began on May 3, 1966, the forlorn structure, whose original owners had known its spacious countryside location, was centered amidst a lumberyard, a forsaken end indeed for this once gracious, American, castellated structure. Bodine Castle, formerly located on Long Island, was erected in 1840. At the time of this photo the structure was beginning to fall into disrepair. The castle was demolished in 1966 after 126 years of existence. Courtesy City of New York, Landmark Preservation Commission.
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