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Heublein Tower, Simsbury

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The 165ft Heublein Tower located in Talcott Mountain State Park in Connecticut provides panoramic views of the Hartford skyline and the Farmington River Valley that are particularly spectacular in the fall. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Gilbert Heublein was a magnate in the area of food and beverage, most notably as manufacturer of A1 Steak Sauce and Smirnoff Vodka; he founded Heublein Inc.
While hiking with his fiance Louise M. Gundlach on Talcott Mountain, he promised her that one day he would build her a castle there.
Designed by Smith and Bassette to survive 100 MPH winds, and built by T. R. Fox and Son in 1914, the Heublein Tower served as Gilbert Heublein's summer home and retreat. Smith and Bassette also designed the north and south wings of Governor's Mansion in 1916. Truly an architectural marvel, Mr. Heublein modeled this structure after buildings in his native homeland of Bavaria. Standing 165 feet tall and situated 1,000 ft. above the Farmington Valley, one can see for several dozen miles in all directions from the top floor observation lounge.
The structure consists of a steel frame of 12-inch girders achored into the bedrock of the mountain ridge. The four columns in the four corners extend up to the second level and are made of reinforced concrete. A system of cross-girder braces adds strength to the shaft and cross-beams support the floors. It is also the site of the first home elevator in Connecticut.
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  • Cute little place to take a walk. Wear comfy sneakers for sure. There is a little incline. Path is shaded with lots of views on the way up. Some of them were a little dizzying for me. (Im super...  more »
  • Great quick cardio workout 6%-12% grade some roots mostly loose stone enjoy!! This hike will clear the younger minds of the months gaming on the sofa....  more »
  • Very nice place to see for sure. It was a good place to take a hike and well worth it for sure when you get to see the tower/home at the top. Had a great afternoon here.
  • When the tower is open the views are breath taking. Great hike for all ages. Our 2.5 year old hiked 90% of the way there and back and slept so well that night!
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