05 Nov Stay in the Ultimate Man Cave
Treat the man in your life to a stay in Mr. Osgood’s Study at the Redstone Castle—a masculine three-room suite steeped in American history.
In the early 1900s, long before the term “man cave” was coined, an American ruling class mansion typically had a study; this was a room that allowed men to escape from the demands of domestic life and often doubled as an office where serious business and financial matters took place. As the president of CF&I Steel and one of the wealthiest men in the country during his day, John C. Osgood made sure the Redstone Castle included an opulent and impressive space for work and pleasure. Spacious, private and masculine, the Osgood Study is a favorite with guests, especially men.
Located on the ground level, the three-room Osgood Study was intentionally situated away from the everyday hubbub of servants, the kitchen and family life. It functioned primarily as an office; the accountant’s desk that now graces the bedroom is a nod to that period. The suite’s spacious bathroom was once a wine cave, no doubt housing a selection of expensive fine wines from France. The neighboring sitting room was built with a walk-in vault for storing important papers, jewelry, cash and other valuables—now it’s a unique guest closet. This sitting room also provided Mr. Osgood with additional space for reading, relaxation and business dealings. These are the only rooms in the castle with iron bars on the windows, originally installed to discourage break-ins and provide an added level of security.
A Classic Retreat
For the modern captain of industry, Mr. Osgood’s Study remains a retreat away from everyday life. At 868 square feet, it is the largest of the castle’s suites. It features two wall-mounted televisions, a massive king-sized four-poster bed, a colossal diamond dust mirror, a fireplace, modern amenities in the bathroom, dark woodwork, Persian carpets in the sitting room and comfortable leather furnishings.
In addition to the private suite space, guests staying in the Osgood Study are also just steps away from the Game Room, with its man cave essentials that include a billiards table, poker table and roulette wheel. Replete with red sandstone walls, trophy mounts, stately furnishings and original Tiffany light fixtures, this is the least changed room in the Redstone Castle and still smells faintly of cigar smoke! One can only imagine the deals that were brokered in this room. Retreat here to watch the game, enjoy a glass of wine or shoot some pool.
Escape In History
Other rooms on the castle’s lower level continue the overtly masculine theme. Originally a trunk room for storing guest’s luggage, the space adjoining the Game Room is now a gallery that features the work of western artist Jack Roberts. The armory, a room that once housed Mr. Osgood’s collection of 150 hunting rifles, was ideally situated on the ground floor with nearby access to the castle grounds. The Octagon Suite, another three-room guest suite, is also on the lower level. It originally housed bachelor servants and the Detex watch clock security station where castle guards punched in for their shift.