A Romantic Tragedy and a Family Hotel

Newboro Lake, Ontario

Newboro Lake, Ontario

Next week will be a pretty exciting time for me as both a researcher and photographer.  I will be traveling to our family summer cottage in Canada, which will give me the opportunity to introduce two new topics that will carry through to autumn.

Newboro Lake, Ontario

Newboro Lake, Ontario

The first, which will appear on The Gilded Butler next week, is a mysterious castle constructed between 1900-1904, but was left unfinished after tragedy struck.  The second, is my personal family history.  The Grand Concourse Plaza Hotel in the Bronx was formerly owned by my great grandfather in the 1920s and 30s affording him a wonderful life both stateside and in Canada.  Today, I am the third generation to enjoy the family lake house just a few miles from the large home that was once my great grandfather’s summer escape.

St. Lawrence River USA/CAN border

St. Lawrence River USA/CAN border

The lake, his home, a glimpse at ours, and the local community will contribute to the overall story that has driven my overall curiosity of the past and its hidden secrets.  Look out for the Grand Concourse Plaza Hotel this fall.  Included in this post are a few shots from around our lake in Ontario (near the former Niewenhous residence) and 1 hour from the castle.

Newboro Lake, Ontario

Newboro Lake, Ontario

-Matthew J. Niewenhous

2 thoughts on “A Romantic Tragedy and a Family Hotel

  1. I am very interested in the story and pictures of the house and island in Canada where my father and his siblings spent their summers. Please tell me how to access that information.
    Kindest Regards,
    Laura Niewenhous.

    • Hi! I Will be posting on that house and the hotel at some point in the fall. About twenty years after my great grandfather no longer had the island, my grandfather (his son) and my grandmother built another house on the same lake. My father and aunt now own that house. The Niewenhous house family has been on that lake since the twenties. Look forward to sharing!

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