The castle, which is the tallest building in the park, was planned by architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould, together with Frederick Law Olmsted, and headed to plan the park in 1865. It is interesting that there was no particular reason for its establishment, it was just built...
The structure of the Belvedere Castle is built from the rocks of Manhattan, which were carved during the construction of Central Park and coated with gray granite stone. In order to save on construction costs, two decorated wooden pavilions were built near it, but in 1900 the wooden pavilions were demolished for their abandoned standing.
At the head of the castle tower, you can see an anemometer and a weather lamp, used by the forecasting station located in the castle. Since 1919 the castle has served as an observation post in the service of forecasting the weather of New York. Today, only an automatic measurement station is located in the castle. Weather forecasting service offices themselves had already moved to the Rockefeller Center in the 1960's.
When the castle closed its doors to the public, it suffered from vandalism and a lot of damage was done to it. This is how it stood until 1983, when the building was renovated and the wooden entrance renewed, according to the original plans.
Belvedere Castle is not only used as a lookout. It is also a visitor's center and information center, and a place where historical artifacts are displayed, and rental of equipment for nature exploration, equipment that enables self-exploration of the park, using microscopes and telescopes in place.
Characteristics that stand out you can see in the castle are the strong stone facade, the large turret, and the flag. From time to time events go on here of all different themes, like bird-watching activities, lectures on astronomy, book readings, and more.