Tourist attraction to re-open after three years of litigation |

Tourist attraction to re-open after three years of litigation

REDSTONE – The century-old mansion of steel magnate John Cleveland will reopen to tourists on June 1 after being closed for three years after the Internal Revenue Service took it over during an investigation of an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.”We think having the castle open for tours will bring a lot of people to Redstone,” said Sue McEvoy, the castle’s caretaker for eight years and an employee there for 11. It will be open Monday through Friday.It can’t come soon enough for nearby businesses – the ones that weren’t forced to close.”We need tours for business,” said Bob Stifter, owner of the antique shop Tiffany’s of Redstone, one of several businesses that will sell tour tickets.”It’s almost a bust in town. We need them bad. You can see all the shops closed up. We need the tours. Everyone that comes in asks about the tours. Everyone wants to know how they can see the castle,” he told the Aspen Daily News.California businessman Ralli Dimitrius bought the Tudor castle, also known as Cleveholm Manor, at an auction in March 2004 for $4 million. Although he said he was anxious to get it open, extensive upgrades to the aging building have delayed its opening.Stifter said every time he saw Dimitrius he would beg him to get the building open.”Maybe he listened to me,” Stifter said. “I don’t know. Maybe other people asked him, too. Maybe I did some good.”The repairs have been extensive, including fixing the boiler for the 20,000-square-foot mansion. Some issues remain unresolved, such as whether to connect to the town’s sewer system.Five rooms inside the building and its exterior cannot be changed because they are covered by a state historic foundation easement.—Information from: Aspen Daily News,

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