Creating American mansions to look like French castles was popular for well-to-do Americans and American institutions between 1880 and 1910. Called Chateauesque, these mansions were not French castles or châteaux, but they were built to be like the real French architecture.
The 1895 Charles Gates Dawes House near Chicago, Illinois is a modest example of the Chateauesque style in America. Although much less ornate than many Chateaueque styles, such as the 1895 Biltmore Estate, the massive towers create a castle-like effect. Nobel Peace Prize winner and U.S. Vice President Charles G. Dawes lived in the house from 1909 until his death in 1951.
Learn more about the Dawes House from the Evanston History Center, which is housed there.
Source: Dawes, Charles G., House, National Historic Landmarks Program [accessed September 11, 2013]
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