Leland Castle

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Leland Castle
Leland Castle, New Rochelle, NY (Rear View & Courtyard).JPG
Leland Castle is located in New York
Leland Castle
Location 29 Castle Pl., New Rochelle, New York
Coordinates 40°53′52″N 73°46′53″W / 40.89778°N 73.78139°W / 40.89778; -73.78139Coordinates: 40°53′52″N 73°46′53″W / 40.89778°N 73.78139°W / 40.89778; -73.78139
Area 2.62 acres (10,600 m2)[2]
Built 1855
Architect William Thomas Beers
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76001291[1]
Added to NRHP August 27, 1976

Leland Castle (also known as Castle View) is a 19th-century Gothic revival castle located on the campus of the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York. The castle was originally the residence of Simeon Leland, a wealthy New York City hotel proprietor. Mr. Leland began to assemble an estate as early as 1848, and in 1855 began the erection of a palatial mansion of sixty rooms.[3] The home was designed by New York City architect William Thomas Beers. A north and south wing were added to the castle in 1899 and 1902 respectively.[2][4]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and the New York State Register in 1980.[1][5][6]


After Simeon Leland died in 1872, Mrs. Leland continued to live in the castle until 1880. In that year the castle's new owner, the Manhattan Life Insurance Company, leased the castle as a clubhouse for the Queens County Hunt Club. It later became a girls' school, and after a fire in 1897 it was sold to the Ursuline Sisters.[2] The Castle housed the college's library until 1939, when it moved to its own building as the Mother Irene Gill Memorial Library.

The castle currently houses the administrative offices of the College of New Rochelle and the college's Castle Art Gallery. [7]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c M. Justin McKiernan and L.E. Gobrecht (April 27, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: "Castle View" / Leland Castle". Retrieved 2008-02-13.  (includes map) and Accompanying three photos, exterior and interior, from 1967, 1975, and 1970s
  3. ^ New Rochelle History-Nineteenth Century
  4. ^ Leland Castle, College of New Rochelle National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1976
  5. ^ Inventory of Historic Places
  6. ^ National Register of Historic Places
  7. ^ MUSEUMS;Art Studies Without the Homework, The New York Times, 2006

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