Castles in Tucson and Phoenix
Castle Apartments (Whitwell)
721 E. Adams.
This is an apartment building with a castle-like look. The building is old, built in 1906. Originally from 1906-1911 it was the Whitwell hospital. It was a tuberculosis sanitarium 1912-1924. From 1927-1938 it was the Southern Methodist Hospital. More information can be found at http://www.thecastleproperties.com/.
This castle was called Wuestenschloss by the owner, Brady. Wuestenschloss is German for “castle on the desert." This caste was also known as the Sunrock castle.
The Brady castle was on 2810 N. Sunrock Lane. This is north of West Ironwood Hill Drive. (West Ironwood Hill Drive is what Grant becomes west of Silverbell.) This castle has a medieval look. Built in 1972 by William Brady, a shutter maker. This castle was used for the Society for Creative Anachronism events. Brady sold this castle in 1977 at an auction. A Lebanese construction tycoon bought the castle as a wedding anniversary present for his wife. Brady tried to back out of the deal, so the construction tycoon never received title on the castle. The castle has been sold a couple of times since. The castle is in bad physical condition. It has deteriorated from neglect. In the 1990s it was becoming a bed and breakfast called the West Side Castle. The bed and breakfast West Side Castle never succeeded. This castle was torn down in 2010.
International Wildlife Museum
4800 W Gates Pass Road.
The International Wildlife Museum is located right off of Gates Pass Road. The exterior of this building looks like a castle. (Open to the public.)
Agua Verde Castle
Located in Vail.
This is a white castle shaped structure that can be seen from 1-10 and the Colossal Cave. This structure was built in the 1970s by a Duane Durham. (Privately owned)
Delmar and Crystal Barker’s Castle
(Location not given.)
This is a three level castle design house. It has a general castle shape but no turrets or drawbridge. The interior of this building has hidden corridors and other castle-like features. (Privately owned.)
There are three castles in Phoenix that we get asked about:
The Tovrea Castle
(Part of the Phoenix Parks system; temporarily closed as of 2/04/2011)
The Mystery Castle
(Open to the public.)
located at 5050 E. Red Rock Road, Phoenix
This castle is usually identified as the "one built by a dentist". This castle has been featured on the "This Old House" television program and various programs on the Learning Channel. It is a private residence.
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