Fake Castles (page 4)

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Marden's Discount [gone]
Portland, ME
Marc's Deep-er Discount [gone]
Akron, OH
Marden's Discount sold clothing, furniture and other household items. The chain had about a dozen locations but this was the only castle-styled building. This building originally housed a Child World, a now defunct toy store chain. The building was located in the Pine Tree Shopping Center, the oldest shopping center in Maine. This photo is from around 2001. In 2007, the castle features of this building were removed. Marden's has since closed. For more, see this website.

The Marc's Deep-er Discount building was built in 1983 as a Child World toy store in the Rolling Acres mall. The store closed soon after this photo was taken in 1992. Marc's took over the building but then closed in 2004. The mall was built in 1975 and has been vacant since 2008. This building has either been demolished or significantly altered. For more, see this website.

Mars Cheese Castle
Kenosha, WI
Mars Cheese Castle opened in 1947. The original store burned down in 1957. The castle name and design was inspired by a castle in Italy which was owned by the store owner's mother. In 2011, the store was forced to move and rebuild nearby due to widening of I-94. The 80 foot tall sign from the 1950s was allowed to stay. The new building is twice the size of the old one. It was built like a more authentic castle. The store reopened in 2011. These photos are from 2012. In 2016, the sign was removed. It will be replaced with a similar but smaller one with LED tubing. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Camelot Inn
Amarillo, TX
The Camelot Inn was built in 1971. It housed a Ramada Inn from 1976-1984 before the name was changed back to the Camelot Inn and Suites. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map].

Castle Building
Clovis, NM
This Castle Building has been vacant for many years. I'm told that this building has been used as a liquor store and lounge, a second hand shop, and a grocery store. The castle features were not part of the building's original construction. I'm told those details were added in the mid-1980s. Does anyone know when and what business added the castle look? [map]

Post Office
Valley Village, CA
Kingdom Gentlemen's Club
Pahrump, NV
This Post Office has turrets on the two corners of the building. I don't know when it was built or if it had a more castle-y look originally. [map]

The Kingdom Gentlemen's Club opened in 2004. This building was constructed then. This photo is from 2014. The building has been vacant since 2015. [map]

Global Spas
Cheyenne, WY
Friar Tuck's Bar & Grille
Pomona, CA
The Global Spas building is painted to resemble a castle. Does anyone know what was located here originally? [map]

The front part of the Friar Tuck's Bar & Grille building appears to be a later addition. Does anyone know what was here originally and when it was built? These photos are from 2013. After that, the bar housed Stein Haus Brau & Brats. That bar closed and the building has been vacant since 2015. [map]

Sweetwater Brewery
Green River, WY
Castle Building
Wall, SD
The Sweetwater Brewery was built in 1900. It ceased being used for beer production in the 1930s. The building now houses a bar. For more, see this website.

This Castle Building serves as a pool supplies storage unit at an Americas Best Value Inn. [map]

Hope's Castle
Monte Vista, CO
Hope's Castle was built as an armory in 1922. In 1980, the building housed the JJ Restaurant & Lounge. The building was vacant for many years. It was adapted for office space in 2004. [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]

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