Fake Castles (page 2)

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Children's Castle
Kenner, LA
Fairy Tale Academy
Upper Darby, PA
Snow Castle
Lacombe, LA
La Reau's
World of Miniatures
Pardeeville, WI
The Children's Castle features live performances including music, magic, puppetry, storytelling, dance, and opera. [map]

The Fairy Tale Academy, a child care and learning center, is housed in this castle-like building. [map]

The Snow Castle building was originally used as a fireworks stand many years ago. The columns in front look like they might have been rockets. The ice cream stand opened around 2009. [map]

La Reau's World of Miniatures was the creation of Paul La Reau. He built famous buildings out of styrofoam. The place closed in 2002. In 1972, the first thing La Reau built was this castle wall. It was more elaborate but this was all that was left when this photo was taken in 2011. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Kid's Castle
Gridley, CA
The Kid's Castle building has been here since at least the 1990s. Does anyone know more about it? I'm told it may have been a church originally. [map]

The Castle
Greenbrae, CA
The Castle in Greenbrae was built in 1946 for the Greenbrae Co. Real Estate office. The building now houses a Coldwell Banker office. For more, see this website. [map]

The Natatorium
Amarillo, TX
The Natatorium was built in 1922 as an open air swimming pool. It was enclosed in 1923. In 1926, the building was converted into a dance hall. The castle facade was added in 1935 when the place was known as The Nat Dine and Dance Palace. It closed in the 1960s but was sometimes used for concerts and community events. The building now houses The Nat Antiques & Collectibles. For more, see this website. [map]

Golfland Sunsplash
Mesa, AZ

Golfland Sunsplash
Roseville, CA
The Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa opened in 1983 as the chain's original location. These parks have water parks and mini golf courses. [map]

The Golfland Sunsplash in Roseville was built in 1996. [map]

Water Tower
Brainerd, MN
Minnesota Museum of Mining
Chisholm, MN
Sno Castle
Struthers, OH
Sno Castle
Anderson, IN
This concrete, castle style Water Tower was built in 1918. This structure is no longer functional, having been replaced with another water tower in 1960. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [map]

The Minnesota Museum of Mining castle style building was built in 1933. The design was based on the Army Corps of Engineers logo. The building was originally used as a firing range. [map]

These Sno Castle ice cream stands must have been part of a chain. There is a similar snow cone stand in Latonia, KY with the same name and font style. [map]

Shoe Castle
Decatur, IN
I believe this building was originally the Shoe Castle, a shoe store. After that, it was used as a fast food restaurant. It is now a MediaCom office. Does anyone know more about it? [map]

Wireless Wizard
Bridgeport, CT
Tillicum Toy Co.
Tacoma, WA
The Wireless Wizard was built around 2007. It has castle-related items inside as well. [map]

The Tillicum Toy Co. building was constructed in 1930. In 1935, the building was sold to Tacoma Milk Shippers. Since 2015, the building has housed Gallucci's Catering. For more, see this website. [map]

Bunkley RV Superstore
Theodore, AL
Castle Video Games
Blacksburg, SC
This castle-like building housed the Bunkley RV Superstore when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2013, it housed the Queen's Attic antiques store. Does anyone know what business was here originally or more about this place? [map]

Castle Video Games, a video game casino, opened around 1999. It seems a legal battle with the state of SC quickly ensued over the legality of video game gambling. The state won the case and the place has been abandoned since then. [map]

former Hot Dog Castle
Abilene, TX


The Hot Dog Castle, a drive-thru restaurant, was built in 1975. After housing several other restaurants over the years, The Forge opened in 2010. Later that year, the building was housing Heff's Burgers. In 2017, the building was remodeled and now houses Bosses Pizza. [map]

Magic Palace
Houston, TX
The Magic Palace was built around 2005. [map]

Ocean Treasures
Corpus Christi, TX
Ocean Treasures is a souvenir and gift shop. Does anyone know when this display was built? [map]

Castle Croydon
Long Beach, CA
castle apartments
Long Beach, CA
Castle Croydon was built in 1929 as an addition to house from 1912. The building was named after a recent owner. The building houses retail space on the ground floor and residential space on the second floor. For more, see this website. [map]

These castle apartments were probably built in the 1920s. [map]

Irish Bayou Castle
Slidell, LA
The Irish Bayou Castle, aka the Fisherman's Castle, was built by Simon Hubert Villemarrette in 1981. According to one source, he planned on using the place as a tourist attraction for the 1984 Worlds Fair but that never happened. Another source says that Villemarrette was building the castle as a home for himself and died before it was finished. The castle was vacant many years. It survived Hurricane Katrina with only minor damage. In 2009, restoration work began. It's not clear if the owner will be using the castle for his home or turning it into a bed and breakfast. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

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