Owosso, Michigan features one of the most outstanding collections of 19th-century buildings in the State of Michigan.
Curwood Castle is the 7th most visited historic site in the state. It was built in 1922 by James Oliver Curwood (1878-1927), a conservationist and author of more than 30 novels, most of them adventure stories set in northern Canada. The Castle, located along the Shiawassee River near the Shiawassee Arts Center, served as the writer’s private studio during the last five years of his life. Curwood once said, “Owosso is the nicest place in the world. I was born there and I hope to die there. It’s American and it makes you feel at home.”
The Castle is a replica of a 16th century Norman chateau, constructed of stucco and fieldstones that were chosen by Curwood himself. The roof is slate with copper trim. The walls are 16″ thick. The main floor of the building boasts a great room with an Italian marble fireplace. It was here that Curwood entertained guests, including movie producers engaged in making films based on his stories. The large, two-story turret was designated as Curwood’s writing study. The little circular room in the lower level under the turret Curwood fancifully called the “dungeon keep.”
Open to the public Tuesday–Sunday, 1-5pm (closed January), the Castle is a museum owned by the city of Owosso and overseen by the Owosso Historical Commission. Call 989.723.2155 for more information.
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