Walcott, Iowa: Castle Hall

Funny-looking replica of Scottish Balmoral Castle, built in 1905 in Iowa. Junker pickup trucks parked out front add to the medieval atmosphere.
Address:
Bryant St., Walcott, IA
Directions:
From I-80 take the Walcott exit to Hwy F58 (historic Route 6). Drive east, then turn south onto Main St., then left (east) onto Bryant St..
Hours:
Private property, visible from street.
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Castle Hall

Front windows are boarded up. Takes a bit away from the look and feel of a castle.

[Don Holzhauer, 01/06/2015]

Castle Hall.

Castle Hall

One of the more interesting sights in Walcott is "Castle Hall." Built in 1905, the designer intended to replicate Balmoral Castle, an old Norman stronghold in Scotland. When first built, the metal panels that cover the framework were gray.

Originally the home and business of Doctor Henry Schumacher, his residence was on the second floor, while the pharmacy was on the main floor. Beneath the tower is a basement dungeon that was once the subject of much speculation. Quite the eccentric, Dr. Schumacher kept a pair of plaster of Paris skeletons in the dungeon, painted with phosphorescent paint to awe his visitors. After the doctor passed away in 1934, the first floor was used as a "beer parlor."

[Dave Darby, 06/29/2010]

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