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Phoenix

Tovrea Castle And Carraro Cactus Garden

This historic structure and landmark in Phoenix, Arizona was created as a centerpiece for a resort and later a private residence. Today the castle is part of the Phoenix parks system and is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. Tovrea Castle and Gardens constructed in 1928 by Italian immigrant Alessio Carraro had the gardens designed by Carraro and developed by skilled Russian gardener Moktachev. It took almost 2 years clearing the desert and constructing the unusual wedding cake-shaped castle. In 1931 Carraro sold the estate to the Tovrea family. Della Tovrea was the owner of the castle and gardens until her death in 1969. After years of neglect and deterioration it was purchased by the city of Phoenix along with the surrounding 36 acres and now maintains and preserves the historic Tovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden.