St. Augustine, Florida: Castle OtttisBuilt by two guys named Rusty and Ottis, who were inspired by Irish castles. Legally it's designated as a garage, but it is much more than that.
- Coastal Hwy., St. Augustine, FL
- On the north side of St. Augustine take Hwy A1A east over the Vilano Bridge. Turn left at the light and follow A1A/Coastal Hwy north for a little over 2.5 miles. You'll see the castle turrets on the left, above the trees, at the corner of 3rd St.
- Rarely open, and only by appointment. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Castle Otttis
Castle Otttis -- yes, Otttis with three T's -- is a sculpture of beauty that is a site to be seen. Call Rusty and see if you can get on his calendar - it worth the trip.[Lynn, 10/28/2009]
This is a a real castle built by Rusty Ickes and Ottis Sadler. It was originally built without a permit, but once the castle topped the tree line a permit was given for a garage structure, so this castle is really designated as a garage. The interior has been finished with custom woodwork in the style of a 10th century Irish church.
There was so much curiosity about the castle that Mr. Ickes opened it up one Sunday a month for tours and regularly rented it out for weddings, but the neighbors, who didn't like all the cars on the road, complained to the zoning board, who cited Ickes with zoning violations. Further, it was found that the castle's electrical system was never inspected. All of this led Ickes to permanently close Castle Otttis to the public.[MierGen, 06/11/2008]
Going North on A1A about 8 miles from Historic St Augustine, on the lefthand side is a castle. This sculpture stands above the tree line and quickly draws your attention. If you make the left turn down the street you will find a sign and a mailbox. If you leave your address in the mailbox you can get more information. The sign states that the sculpture was built in remembrance of Jesus Christ.[Jean Tremel, 09/07/2003]