A look through Keyhole Castle

Although the furniture is not original, much of the woodwork and hardwood inside Keyhole Castle still is. The home was originally built between 1911 and 1913 for former Prince Albert Mayor Samuel McLeod. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Thanks to a recent partnership, visitors and residents will have a chance to get an up close and personal look at one of Prince Albert’s most impressive landmarks.

Keyhole Castle, which was built for former Prince Albert Mayor Samuel McLeod in 1913, is opening its doors to tours, in partnership with the Prince Albert Historical Society.

The house, which still maintains much of its original woodwork, was designated as a national historic site in 1975, and the current owners wanted to share it with the community.

“We often get inquires for tours, and we’re very busy with our lives,” said Jonathan Smith, who owns the property along with his wife, Denise. “I was trying to figure out how we can make this a possibility for the community, without it being too disruptive to our personal lives.”

After posting news of the new tours on Facebook, the Smiths were overwhelmed with responses. Smith said it cool to see interest in the house, which he described as “special for Prince Albert,” and for its original owner, Samuel McLeod.

For the rest of this story, see the July 14 online or print edition of the Daily Herald.