The circular tower of the Vikingsholm Mansion
Granite boulders and features of the circular tower
Courtyard facade with timber beams and carvings
North wing with grass-seeded sod roof and chimneys
Lake Tahoe's Vikingsholm Castle is a
of Emerald Bay State Park.
A handout posted in a window at the entrance of the
mansion summarizes its history and architectural features:
Architect Lennart Palme, an immigrant
from Sweden, designed the mansion for his aunt,
Mrs. Knight. It was completed in
September of 1929. Mrs. Knight desired a Scandinavian styled home.
The sod roofs on the servant wings are
just one of the European-inspired features.
The bayfront side of the castle features a small beach and views of Fannette Island. On the south side of the mansion is the visitor center and the beginning of a short trail to the Lower Eagle Falls. North of the mansion the scenic Rubicon Trail follows Lake Tahoe's shoreline to Bliss State Park with its naturally sculptured rocks, more beaches and an old Lighthouse.