If you've ever driven through Phoenix, there is a good chance that you've caught a glimpse of the unique structure known as the Tovrea Castle, a magnificently turreted house located on a hill just off Interstate 202. The desert masterpiece has held a mysterious air for decades, collecting dust as the City of Phoenix struggled to manage the abandoned property.
Sitting empty for decades, the mysterious Tovrea Castle in Phoenix has finally opened its gates to curious visitors. — Photo courtesy of Tovrea Carraro Society
Now, the mystery of the Tovrea Castle is revealed as its doors open for visitors for the first time in years. Built in 1929 by an Italian immigrant who sought to build a grand desert resort on the property, the house was eventually sold in the 1930s to cattle baron E.A. Tovrea, who purchased the property for his wife, Della. Della Tovrea was tragically assaulted in the home in 1969 and passed away soon after. Following her death, the property sat empty for decades until the City of Phoenix acquired it in 1993.
A dedicated group of volunteers is now restoring the castle's important place in local history by offering public tours. Visitors can stroll the grounds of this iconic local landmark, including the historic cactus garden. Tours are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on a seasonal basis. For more information, contact the Tovrea Carraro Society at 602-256-3221.