Living History: the Billiards Room at Redstone Castle

Built in 1902, Redstone Castle is truly one-of-a-kind. At the time, John Cleveland Osgood was purportedly one of the ten wealthiest people in the United States, having struck it rich when he found an abundant source of coal in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

The exterior of the castle is built in the Tudor style and filled with interior finishes and furniture that will make your jaw drop — including light fixtures by Louis Tiffany and wood paneling by Gustav Stickley. Other furnishings and touches were collected by the Osgoods personally on their many trips to Europe.

Osgood decided not to decorate the entire home with one consistent theme. Instead, with more than 23,000 square feet of living space and 66 rooms to work with, Osgood incorporated design elements from all the buildings he loved most across Europe. From the Russian-inspired dining room to the French-styled Ladies Drawing Room to the English Great Hall, every room has its own unique style and flair. Today, almost 60% of the furnishings in the castle are original to its turn-of-the-century roots.

The Billiards Room

Nestled on the ground floor of the castle, the Billiards Room feels every inch like the room it was more than 100 years ago. In fact, some guests say they can even smell a hint of the cigars that were enjoyed here through the years (though smoking on the premises is no longer allowed).

The windows look out to the northwest. In the winter, they look over a sweeping, pristine expanse of white snow to the river and dramatic cliffs beyond. In the summer, the green grass of the castle’s front lawn offers walking paths down to the gazebo and farther up the valley.

Titans of Industry

Considering how important the early capitalist expansion of the American West has been to the current state of American industry, it’s hard to overstate how important this room has been to the shaping of Colorado and the nation at large.

When John Osgood hosted business partners and industry contemporaries like Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and even Teddy Roosevelt himself, this was the room where they drank, smoked, gambled, and negotiated business partnerships the effects of which are still being felt to this day.

A Living Link to History

Virtually all of the furnishings in the Billiards Room is original, including the rug and the billiards table itself. But this is no museum — while other antique buildings are cordoned off by red velvet ropes and have signs forbidding flash photography, this room is still very much in use.

You can play pool on the very same table that Roosevelt and Osgood played on. You can sit on the same furniture. You can marvel at the elk mounted above the hearth — when that elk was mounted, the Ford Model T hadn’t yet ended its production run.

The Magic of Redstone Castle

There’s no better way to experience the history and aesthetic of the early 20th century than with a trip to Redstone Castle. Each of our nine suites is completely unique, from the airy views of the Aviary Tower to the cozy intimacy of the Watchman Suite.

If you’re interested in spending the weekend in our hotel — or even just taking a tour — contact us today! We’ll be happy to accommodate your needs and ensure that you enjoy your stay at Redstone Castle, the jewel of the Crystal River Valley.