224 John St.|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||French manor|
|NRHP reference #||71000420|
|Added to NRHP||September 03, 1971|
|Designated MSHS||April 24, 1970|
Jim Curwood was born in Owosso in 1878. He built this replica of a Norman chateau along the banks of the Shiawassee River near his home in Owosso. The exterior is made of yellow stucco containing fieldstones he chose himself. The roof is slate with copper trim. The structure does not contain any eating or sleeping areas. He used the great room to entertain guests, including movie producers, and the largest turret as his writing studio.
A hunter in his early years, Curwood later became a zealous conservationist, and was appointed to the Michigan Conservation Commission in 1926. He died a year later at age 48. In his will, the castle was given to the City of Owosso. It has served in various capacities over the years and is now a museum operated by the city, and is open to the public.
Each year, the castle hosts the Curwood Festival. The event celebrates the life and works of James Oliver Curwood.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
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