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Castle Car Wash
Chicago, IL
The Castle Car Wash was built in 1925 as the John J. Murphy Filling Station. It was a Standard Oil station until at least 1970 and then became a garage/car wash. The building has been mostly vacant since the early 1980s. The County seized the property in 1995 for unpaid taxes. The crenellation on top of the tower was removed. In 2009 (bottom row of photos), the building was being restored for use as a restaurant. The planned name was "Chicken Castle". However, as of 2016, the building is still vacant. [map]

Castle Car Wash
Long Beach, CA
I believe this Castle Car Wash was built in 1950. [map]

Castle Car Wash [gone]
Princeton, IN
This Castle Car Wash was built in 1997. It was not related to the one above in Long Beach. These photos are from 2010. The business was closed in 2011. In 2012, the building was still vacant. By 2015, the tower and the castle-features on the building were gone. It was reduced to a vacant box.

Castle Auto Sales
Akron, OH
Wild Rover Public House
and Bistro
Marquette, MI
Castle Storage
Dyer, IN
The Castle Auto Sales building appears to be an oldie. Does anyone know when it was built or what its original function was? [map]

The Wild Rover Public House and Bistro opened in 2009. The building previously housed Jeffrey's Cafe. Does anyone know what was here originally? [map]

Castle Storage appears to be a modern building. The knights in the turrets were mass-produced. There are many of these statues around the country. [map]

Athwal Real Estate
Ceres, CA
Blue Castle Auto
Albuquerque, NM
The Athwal Real Estate building has castle-like features. Does anyone know when it was built or what business was originally here? [map]

Blue Castle Auto was previously the Blue Castle Alignment Shop. There were knight statues installed below the roofline. Does anyone know when this building was constructed or more about it? For more, see this website. [map]

Castle Building [gone]
Reno, NV
Castle Apartments
Ellensburg, WA
Vista House
Ellensburg, WA
This Castle Building appeared to be vacant when this photo was taken in 2014. Previously, it was used for a used car dealership. Does anyone know what was here originally? The building was demolished in 2015.

The Castle Apartments building was constructed in 1889. It was remodeled to look like a castle in 1930. [map]

The Vista House houses American Legion Post #8. It was built in 1930 by veterans of World War I. For more, see this website.

Tire King
Dover, DE
The Tire King building was originally a gas station. In the 1960s, Tire King took over. They expanded the office section at the right, keeping the same castle-like roofline. [map]

Diamond Castle
Cocoa Beach, FL
The Diamond Castle is a pawn shop. Does anyone know what this building was originally used for and when it was built? These photos are from 2009. By 2011, the building had been remodeled. Although the details were removed, the building is now painted to resemble a castle. [map]

Round Table Sports Bar & Lounge
Miami, FL
Beverage Castle
Tampa, FL
The Round Table Sports Bar & Lounge appears to be a castle-style adaptation of a 1940s building. Does anyone know the history of this building? [map]

This Beverage Castle is part of a former, apparently regional chain with castle-style buildings. This one appeared to be vacant when this photo was taken in 2009. It still appeared to be closed in 2013. There is another location in Tampa which appears to be open. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

M.D. Custom Cycles
Key Largo, FL
Castle Keep Storage
Hudson, FL
Garage Sale Store
Culver, IN
M.D. Custom Cycles occupied this castle style building when this photo was taken in 2009. By 2015, the building was housing Sandal Castle. Does anyone know what was here originally? [map]

Castle Keep Storage was built in the early 1990s to resemble a castle. A "castle keep" was the safest part of the castle and where the most precious possessions were kept. [map]

The Garage Sale Store building previously housed Castle Storage. [map]

Seacoast Mini Storage
Seabrook, NH
Seacoast Mini Storage added this castle facade to their building in the late 1990s. [map]

The Castle
Muskogee, OK
Earl's at the Castle
Bullhead City, AZ
The Castle features a Renaissance Festival, Halloween and Christmas Festivals, and other special events. I believe this gate was built in 1995 for the first Oklahoma Renaissance Festival. There are other castle-like buildings on the 60 acre property. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

I don't know if the building that houses Earl's at the Castle has always been a restaurant or when it was built. [map]

Gene's Locksmith
Henderson, NV
Glass Slipper Inn
Palo Alto, CA
The Gene's Locksmith building has been used as a music venue and an elephant-themed museum. I don't know what business was located here originally or when it was built. [map]

The Glass Slipper Inn was built in 1964 as the Glass Slipper Motel. For more, see this website. [map]

Castle Court
Las Cruces, NM
The Castle Court looks like it was built as a motel. The Castle Court Shops sign is installed just to the west of this building. Does anyone know the history of this place? [map]

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