Tovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden – Phoenix, Arizona
Tickets available at their site online or at any of the community centers in Phoenix. This is for the Cactus Garden only. Great News!! The Castle is open for tours on weekends!
Situated in Phoenix is the Tovrea Castle which was built to resemble a wedding cake by Alessio Carraro. He had the idea to build it as the hotel for a development he wanted to do in the area in 1928. He bought 277 acres of land, hired a Russian gardener names Moktachev to develop the gardens while the castle was built and was off on his dream. The problem was that he lost interest when adjoining property owners began construction sheep and cattle pens to supply a nearby meat packing plant which was owned by the Tovrea family. Carraro sold the castle and surrounding land to Della Tovrea in 1931. The castle became home to her with her second husband, William Stuart, the publisher of the Prescott Courier and collector of Internal Revenue for Arizona. They split their time between their home in Phoenix and the castle. Following the death of Mr. Stuart in 1960 Della moved to the castle permanently until she died in 1969.
The castle and gardens fell into disrepair over the years until the city of Phoenix purchased the property and began restoration. The cactus gardens are now completely restored and garden tours are available. The Castle should be ready for tours in December of 2008 following extensive refurbishing.
Since The Tovrea Carraro Society currently operates entirely on community volunteers, the tour schedule is currently limited to just weekends. Once we’re able to increase our volunteer base and financial contributions, we will begin to increase the number of tours offered each week.
Castle Tour Times and Pricing
Pricing: Tour Days Tour Times
Adults: $15.00 Saturday & Sunday AM: 9:00-11:00
Senior (55+)/Military/Student $13.00 PM: 12:30-2:30
Children (12 & under): $10.00 (children under 2 years are free)
Location: 5041 E Van Buren St., Phoenix, Arizona
Coming from the North, South or West: take the 202 eastbound and get off at the 52nd St./Van Buren exit. Turn right (west) unto Van Buren, then turn left (south) at the driveway of the Castle. From the East take 202 westbound, exit at 52nd St., turn left (west) at Van Buren and left (south) at the drive to the Castle. Enter via Van Buren Street Only.