Montezuma Castle Renovation

Built in 1884 by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, the Montezuma Castle was a 400 room Queen Anne-style luxury hotel. Guests included Theodore Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, Jesse James, and Emperor Hirohito of Japan. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the Castle is the home of the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West and the Castle building, which is located above the rest of the campus, serves as a student dormitory.

The Montezuma Castle renovation project consisted of an extensive structural and cosmetic restoration of the historic building. The scope of work included restoring the exterior, the main lobby, the two-story ballroom, and several other rooms to their original appearance. The Castle is a wood framed building with masonry foundations and a metal roof and has an exterior consisting of rough-cut stone, slate siding, and wood trim. The exterior work also included a new wood “wrap-around” veranda of approximately 7,500sf with windows and an ornate handrail. The interior work included leveling and reinforcing the one-story wood trusses above the ballroom, repairing and replacing many areas of floor and wall structure, installing new mechanical and electrical systems, installing a 3,500sf kitchen, and new floor, wall, and ceiling finishes.

As part of the project, Bradbury Stamm also built the Edith Lansing Field House, located below The Castle, which included a gymnasium, two squash courts, a 1,200sf weight room, a 2,000sf dance studio, locker rooms, and an extensive outdoor patio. The Field House is a concrete, masonry and steel frame building with curved metal roof decks and an abundant amount of glass storefront.

The site work for this project included new infrastructure and landscaping throughout many areas of the campus. Infrastructure consisted of a new wastewater treatment plant, a new water main from the reservoir to the campus, extensive water and sewer line work, new electrical and telecommunications lines, new concrete stairs, and gravel paths.