How To Turn Your House Into A Castle

Last week, I was scouting around the Bronx’s Country Club neighborhood, when I happened to turn down Clarence Ave, a nice residential street…

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…and a little house caught my eye off to the side:

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From a distance, it seemed like an ordinary enough house…

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But wait…were those miniature medieval turrets on each corner??

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Ha, OK, is this not the cutest little castle you’ve ever seen? Sort of like a little baby castle, who hopes to one day grow up to become a big adult castle?

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As I was taking pictures, I found myself really hoping that a miniature archer would suddenly rise up with bow drawn and threaten me away. Alas, this did not happen.

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If you look to the side of the house…

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…you’ll see that the turrets continue around the back. Also, I couldn’t see for sure, but it appears that decorative round windows (stained glass?) line the sides – perhaps in keeping with the castle motif?

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And lest you think the garage might have been left defenseless, be forewarned…

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It has its own miniature turrets too!

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In the face of these mighty defenses, I ultimately had no choice but to order my armies to continue onward down Clarence Ave, in hopes of stumbling upon a less fortified house for the sacking.

-SCOUT

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8 comments

  1. Where are the license plates?

  2. Janice Delaney Stearns

    I wish you had knocked on the door (or rang the gong) to ask about its history. Looks like a Dutch/Huguenot type architecture…

  3. The other markings on the structure remind me of a Mason’s Hall.

  4. Built by a mason with a lot of time on his hands or preferred to stay out of the house.

  5. I live near here. This house always fascinated me. I would love to know the history behind it, if any. I remember when I was younger, the house was painted blue and was even more Castle-esque.

  6. On a related note: across the country, in the St. Mary’s neighborhood of the Foothill district in Salt Lake City, Utah, there’s a similarly-themed house with a castle-like tower. A few years ago it had a very 1970s, wood-panel vibe going on, until they tore down all but the tower to rebuild.

    Until you reminded me of it with this post, I hadn’t actually seen the reconstruction until just now, so that’s interesting:
    http://www.relocatesaltlake.com/neighborhoods/images/foothill/st%20marys%20castle%20house.jpg

  7. OMG Parker! Why did you link to that hideous thing??? LOL It is actually pretty bad, though dude…

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