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And now it's Thursday? How did that happen?

I haven't gotten ANYTHING done this week (including posting photos). So this is Monday's post, and I may not have time for much else, because I STILL haven't finished my commentary for my writer's group (ARGH).

So. Monday.

This is the Tovrea Castle:


All visitors and newcomers to Phoenix are fascinated by this building. As was I. But since I am a monster for KNOWING THINGS, I spent a few weeks at the library (before the Interwebs) finding out everything I could about this place. It was built from 1928 to 1930 by Alessio Carraro, an Italian immigrant who came to the Phoenix valley to build his dreams. Unfortunately, the Tovrea family owned the property nearby and they made it into cattle yards. He sold them the castle in 1931. (For locals, this explains why the landmark "Stockyards" restaurant is right across the street.)

There's more history here.

And here's a shot of the gates:


Despite what it says, as far as I know, it's STILL not open for tours. I've wanted to see the inside for more than twenty years.


Big Bang D&D Alignments. Fairly accurate, I think.

Comments

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cornerofmadness
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
thank you for explaining since i would have asked. cool
wildrider
Dec. 10th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
It amazes me, the number of people who say "Oh, yeah! What is that place?" and have never looked further than that. When I'm curious about something, I look it up.
cornerofmadness
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
same here. you find out all sorts of cool stuff that way
evil_little_dog
Dec. 10th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
ooooo!
wildrider
Dec. 10th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
I thought you might like it! :-)

evil_little_dog
Dec. 11th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
I found a place about two hours away I'll have to figure out a way to visit some time. XD
ljs
Dec. 10th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Cool! [hugs]
wildrider
Dec. 10th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hugs!
sillymagpie
Dec. 11th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
I still like the myth that it was Dillinger's hideout.
wildrider
Dec. 11th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
And the one where it, and the nearby Castle Boutique, were early parts of a proposed housing development that never came to fruition...

sillymagpie
Dec. 11th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard that one. That's pretty good.
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