Fake Castles (page 3)

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Castle Hall
Walcott, IA
Bovee Apartments
Waterloo, IA
Castle Hall was built in 1905. It was inspired by Balmoral Castle in Scotland. There was originally a pharmacy on the ground floor and a residence on the top floor. The building has been converted into apartments. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bovee Apartments were built in the early 1900s and owned by D.W. Bovee. [map]

Normandy Hunt Club [gone]
Sioux City, IA
The Normandy Hunt Club was built around 1931. It began housing the Normandy Restaurant in 1952. In later years, it housed tge DeVinci Ristorante Italiano. It closed around 2012. In 2014, the building was ravaged by a fire and demolished.

Blue Castle
Washington, DC
Kings & Queens Hotel & Restaurant
Stoystown, PA
The Blue Castle was built in 1891 as a trolley car barn. It is currently occupied by the Eagle Academy Public Charter School. In 2005, there were plans to convert the building into retail space. However, as of 2010, the school is still there. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Kings & Queens Hotel & Restaurant building was constructed in the 1930s as a hotel and auto repair shop. In 1938, it became the Hilltop Hotel. A restaurant and bar were added at that point. In 1970, the business was sold and it became the Kings & Queens. The castle-like remodeling took place at that time. For more, see this website. [map]

Club 21
Portland, OR
This may be stretching the definition of castle a bit but I'll include this building since it has an interesting history. Club 21 was built as a Russian Orthodox Church in the 1930s. It later became a bar known as The Shadows. It has been Club 21, a bar, since 1958. For more, see this website. [map]

Castle Cafe and Ingrid's Jewelers
Daleville, AL
The Castle Cafe is a German restaurant. Around the back of the building is Ingrid's Jewelers. I believe both businesses are owned by the same family. Does anyone know the history of this building? [map]

King's Table Restaurant & Roller Castle [gone]
Greenville, MI
According to one source, the Roller Castle & King's Table Restaurant building was constructed in the 1920s as a car showroom for Tower Automotive. Another source says the building was originally an armory. A third source says it was built by R.J. Tower in the late 1920s as the Merchant Palace. In 1936, the building was used for 4-H exhibits. In the 1970s, the building was used for storage. In 1981, the building was remodeled and opened as J.R. Roller Castle, a roller rink. The story book murals were painted at that time. After an addition in 1983, the building was also used as King's Table Restaurant, a banquet hall. There was an extensive fire in 2008. These photos are from 2011. Later that year, the building was demolished.

Casino Pier
Seaside Heights, NJ
Gillian's Wonderland
Ocean City, NJ
Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
This Casino Pier building houses an arcade and a carousel. Does anyone know when it was built? This photo is from 2012. By 2013, the building was repainted white and blue. [map]

This Gillian's Wonderland building houses food stands, arcade games, and a carousel. I don't know when this castle facade was built. [map]

The Excalibur Hotel & Casino was built in 1990. When it opened, it was the largest hotel in the world with more than 4,000 rooms and covering over 70 acres. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Castle Restaurant
Leicester, MA
The Castle Restaurant opened in 1950. The building itself was constructed in 1937, modeled after the Morro Castle in Havana, Cuba. [map]

Castle House
Roswell, GA
This Castle House was built by Rudy and Ruth McLaughlin from 1969-1977. Rudy was a retired truck driver at the time. The simulated moat was built as a swimming pool. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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