This is Boldt Castle. George Boldt, the general manager of the Waldorf Astoria, had it built as a symbol of his love for his wife, starting in the year 1900. He even had the shoreline of the island that it’s on shaped into a heart! Unfortunately, she died in 1904 before the castle, and four other buildings on the island, were finished being built. Boldt Castle was abandoned and left to the wrath of the elements until 1977. Restorations and other building innovations since then have returned the castle to its original state, and completed some of the projects that were left undone. It is now open to the public, but be sure to bring your passport, as visiting Heart Island is considered as entering American territory.
The moral of the story? When someone says they love you, don’t believe them until they shape an island into a heart and build a six-story, 120+ room castle on it, plus a few gardens and other buildings modelled after the Parisian Arc de Triomphe!
I’m just kidding, but it must have been a nice bonus!