135 W Gate Dr, Huntington, NY 11743
The name Oheka is an acronym of its original owner’s name Otto Hermann Kahn, and Kahn also used the name for his yacht Oheka II and his ocean-front Villa ‘Okeha’ in Palm Beach, Florida. The castle is currently a historic hotel with 32 guest rooms and suites on the upper floors of the mansion, a popular wedding venue for socialites, celebrities, and dignitaries, and the backdrop to many photo shoots and Hollywood films. Oheka Castle is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In constructing Oheka, Kahn determined to build a fireproof building, so he had his architects, Delano and Aldrich, design the building out of steel and concrete, making it one of the first totally fireproof residential buildings. In 1948, Eastern Military Academy purchased the castle and 23 acres of its property, bulldozed the gardens and subdivided the rooms. On February 24, 2014, Melius survived a gunshot to the head by a masked gunman in the parking lot of the castle. In Dream World, his collection of songs, poems and stories, composer and musicologist Roger Lee Hall wrote about his years attending Eastern Military Academy at Oheka Castle in the 1950s. R&B singer Brandy’s 1995 music video “Brokenhearted”, directed by Hype Williams and featuring Wanya Morris, was filmed inside the castle. The castle appeared briefly as the location of an economic summit in Season 1, Episode 19 of Madam Secretary.