Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Belvedere Castle Central Park NYC

Hi Dear Folk,

Let's walk onto the weather station at Belvedere Castle, named for the Italian meaning "beautiful view."  We will do some climbing, lots of steps. There are two lovely balconies with a view of Delacorte Theater, the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond and the Ramble.

belvedere castle
by scp2472
Belvedere Castle in Central Park.
Originally designed in 1865 by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, Belvedere Castle was intended to be a Victorian Folly, a fantasy structure that provides a great backdrop and views, but without a real intended purpose.  With its strong stone fa├žade, grand turret and flag, the castle was merely a stunning attraction in Central Park.

This all changed in 1919 when the National Weather Service began taking measurements from the castle's tower with scientific instruments that determine wind speed and direction. Additionally, just south of the castle, other data such as the rainfall was recorded and sent to the weather service's forecast office at Brookhaven National Library on Long Island. Belvedere Castle is still used for this purpose today.

I do rather like the mood of this sky.

We had such fun even if we are two old girls.

So many unexpected areas within Central Park.


1 comment:

  1. Great pictures especially the one with the dramatic sky.


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