Isolated, enigmatic and iconic, Tovrea Castle sits silently on a hilltop overlooking central Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. Today, it is the centerpiece of a long-awaited city park and regional attraction. Interpretive exhibits conceived, designed and produced by Ganymede Design Group and fabricated by Construction Zone, LLC, added the crowning touches to a 20-year restoration process that allowed the City of Phoenix to open the doors to guests during Arizona’s Centennial celebration.
Exhibits occupy two floors in the historic building and celebrating a distinctive period of Phoenix’s growth into a modern metropolis. Ground floor rooms feature the actors in the Castle’s unusual story, including the property’s initial homesteaders; the entrepreneurial builder of a hotel that never was; an Arizona cattle baron, and the wife who outlived two husbands in her personal castle on a hill.
In the basement downstairs, interpretive exhibits reveal the story of the construction of the castle, its gardens, and their subsequent conversion from a private residence to a remarkable historic landmark. Multimedia elements and hands-on activities invite guests to be active participants in their tour of the Castle and grounds.