Vineland, New Jersey: Palace of Depression (In Transition)

Long-lost, eighteen-spired, pastel-colored castle built in a swamp out of rusted auto parts and mud by eccentric George Daynor. A tourist attraction for decades before demolition, so fondly remembered that it's being rebuilt by fans. Closed until sometime in 2022.

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Palace of Depression, 2020.

Palace of Depression

I drove by last night and it seems to be closed off to the public. Lots of "No Trespassing" signs. Not sure if it's because it's basically a construction site now. If you contact them through their Facebook page you might be able to set up a guided tour, depending on their schedule.

[Steve Herold, 07/22/2020]

Palace of Depression.

The Palace of Depression

Progress at the Palace of Depression in 2017 has been tremendous. If you would like a tour of the property, the Palace of Depression Restoration Association must be contacted to make arrangements. They can be contacted at: [ thepalaceofdepression @ comcast.net ]. If you're not able to physically get to the site, you can check out the progress at their official Facebook page for regular updates and news on The Palace.

[Kristian Kirchner, 12/12/2017]

Palace of Depression.

Palace of Depression

The Palace of Depression is around the corner from my friend's house.

[Alexandra Pinz, MD, 01/26/2017]

Alexandra's photo, taken "within the last month," shows the Palace's reconstruction coming along nicely.

Palace of Depression.

Palace of Depression

Sept 26, 2016. Still a construction site.

[Brittni, 09/28/2016]

It's nice to see some progress though!

Palace of Depression

Alive and well and growing! Some of the inside construction, such as the fireplace, is well worth the visit. If you're lucky, you'll find volunteers such as scouts and other groups working there on weekends, under the direction of the local Jersey Devil. I'm 70 and remember going to the original Palace of Depression as a child, with my parents and younger brother, back in the 1940s.

[les guglielmi, 07/05/2015]

The "Jersey Devil" would probably be either Kevin Kirchner or Jeffrey Tirante, who have overseen the Palace's slow rebirth for the past 15 years. They say that the Palace will be complete by the summer of 2017.

Palace of Depression

Address:
265 S. Mill Rd, Vineland, NJ
Directions:
Hwy 55 Landis Ave. exit, east on Landis, then right on South Mill Rd. On the left a quarter-mile. Visible from the road; no trespassing.
Hours:
Closed until 2022.
Admission:
Donation $10.
Status:
In Transition
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