Group aims to save Gilford's Kimball Castle
“Kimball Castle is about to be demolished! This castle is an important historical landmark built in the 1890s and needs to be saved!” according to the group’s website.
The group’s founder, Christine O’Brien, who now runs a realty business in Sandown, said she started the group after reading about the plight of the castle, which is in such bad shape that it is not open to the public.
It is listed in town records as a nearly 4,000-square-foot mansion, with a net assessed value of $311,600 in 2012. It has been for sale for a price of $799,000.
It has permission to have the building torn down, which has been ordered by the town’s building inspector. That option is favored by the owners, town officials said.
O’Brien knows that the goal of raising $799,000 is ambitious.
The Save Kimball Castle website — www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-kimball-castle — has registered two donors, one pledging $10 and another pledging $50, since O’Brien first posted the site this week.
“It’s a huge project, obviously, to repair the castle, but the town needs a buyer before it can even consider putting a fence around it to keep vandals out,” she said.
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