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Idaho Castle Buildings:
Warm Springs Castle (Boise)

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 2018, the building was still vacant. [map]

More Illinois Castle Buildings:
Joliet Prison (Joliet)
Prince Castles: 1, 2 (various locations) [gone]

Garage Sale Store
Culver, IN
Castle Storage
Dyer, IN
>The Garage Sale Store building previously housed Castle Storage. [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]

Candy Castle
Santa Claus, IN
Elf's Workshop
Santa Claus, IN
The Candy Castle and Elf's Workshop were originally part of "Santa Claus Town" which was opened in 1935. Santa Claus Town is believed to have been the first themed attraction in the country. The Candy Castle was sponsored by the Curtiss Candy Company of Chicago. It was the first building constructed in Santa Claus Town. Santa's Workshop and a Toy Village were constructed in 1936. Other buildings and structures soon followed. Santa Claus Town closed in the 1970s. The buildings remained vacant and deteriorating until 2005 when restoration of the Candy Castle began. It reopened in 2006 as a museum and candy store. There are plans to restore a couple of the other remaining buildings. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [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]

Castle Car Wash [gone]
Princeton, IN
This Castle Car Wash was built in 1997. 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.

Kentucky Castle Buildings:
Taylor Distillery (Frankfort)
Castle Post (Versailles)

Irish Bayou Castle
Slidell, LA
Children's Castle
Kenner, LA
Snow Castle
Lacombe, 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]

The Children's Castle features live performances including music, magic, puppetry, storytelling, dance, and opera. [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]

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]

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