A Walk through Central Park

BELVEDERE CASTLE is a Victorian castle in Central Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux -- also the designers of the magnificent park.  The castle was built on Vista Rock Central Park's highest point.

In 1920, it became a weather bureau and is now the Henry Luce Nature Observatory.  From the castle there is a panoramic view of the Park’s Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, and the outdoor theater, the Delacorte, where free productions of Shakespeare in the Park are performed in the summer.  The Delacorte was a gift from George T. Delacorte, publisher of Dell paperback books.

The Belvedere Castle (top) with snow and the San Remo apartments on the West Side of Manhattan in the far background.