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Fake Castles (page 5)

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former Hot Dog Castle
Abilene, TX

2011:

2017:
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]

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

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

The Natatorium
Amarillo, TX
Wheeler County Jail
Wheeler, 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]

The Wheeler County Jail was built in 1909 with concrete and steel. The building now houses a library, museum, and city offices. [map]

Castle Apartments
Ellensburg, WA
Vista House
Ellensburg, WA
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.

Tillicum Toy Co.
Tacoma, WA
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]

La Reau's
World of Miniatures
Pardeeville, WI
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]

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]

More Wisconsin Castle Buildings:
Emerald City Arcade (Lake Delton) [vintage; gone]

West Virginia Castle Buildings:
JR's Donut Castle (Parkersburg)

Global Spas
Cheyenne, WY
Sweetwater Brewery
Green River, WY
The Global Spas building is painted to resemble a castle. Does anyone know what was located here originally? [map]

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.

More Castle Buildings:
various cities
House (Edmonton, AB)
Castle Inn Motel (Cache Creek, BC)

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