The Lucknow mansion (Castle in the Clouds) is an unusual example of Arts and Crafts architecture in New England, expressing the aesthetic movement’s philosophy of living in harmony with nature. Designed by architect J. Williams Beal of Boston, the mansion was built with cutting edge materials like steel beams, poured concrete, and terra cotta architectural blocks. The state-of-the-art amenities throughout the house include central vacuum, ammonia-brine refrigeration, and a house-wide interphone system.
Despite these modern features, the home was designed to harmonize with its surroundings, using natural and sometimes local materials like Maine white oak timbers or local rhyolite and Conway pink granite for the stone veneer. These natural elements created a rustic, handcrafted look that best fit into the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. The overall design draws upon global architectural traditions and celebrates the work of the craftsmen that built the home.
The Castle Preservation Society’s mission is to preserve, interpret and share the buildings and landscape of the Castle in the Clouds as a cultural resource for the benefit of the public.
Each visit supports our mission to preserve, restore, and share this beautiful New Hampshire icon. Admission fees, restaurant or gift shop purchases, and wedding and event rental fees help to ensure the enjoyment and enrichment of generations to come.