Kansas City, Missouri: Castle NorthmoorA stone tower, one-man castle built by Harlan Shaver from 1981-1983. Tower contains Shaver's oil paintings of knights; spiral staircase leads to treasure chest.
- NW 50th Tr., Kansas City, MO
- I-29 exit 3A, south on Missouri AA turn left onto NW 50 Terrace, on left before NW Frontier Rd.
- Daylight, not holidays.
Visitor Tips and News About Castle Northmoor
This place is in the suburb of Northmoor, Missouri, hence the name "Castle Northmoor." There are a lot of concrete heads carved into walls. It's small, but very varied in color. Several rooms are lit in neon colors, as the walls have been repainted. It is very difficult to take pictures, very dark. The main room ceiling fan provides some light, but in other spots you may not be as lucky.[Ben Perdue, 01/10/2016]
Starting in 1981, and inspired by one-man American castles built elsewhere, Harlan Shaver spent two years constructing his own in his yard. His stone tower is 40-ft. tall and features handmade oak doors, lion statues, gargoyles and oil portraits he painted of medieval knights. The spiral staircase inside leads to the top and a treasure chest containing laminated articles about the castle. Shaver died in the 2000s.[Regina Taylor, 06/19/2011]