Kansas City, Missouri: The Workhouse Castle

A mid-sized medieval-looking castle that used to be a prison and poorhouse. Currently under restoration.
Address:
2001 Vine St., Kansas City, MO
Directions:
Southeast edge of downtown. On the east side of Vine St., just north of E. 21st St.
Admission:
Free to look.
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The Workhouse Castle.

The Workhouse Castle

The castle is now covered with graffiti.

[Amanda, 09/19/2018]

The labors of a modern era!

Workhouse Castle.

The Workhouse Castle

This terrific stone building is being rescued by a community effort to restore and clean the site. It was built before 1900, and was originally a prison for petty thieves to work off their fines. Later it was a poor house, then a city office building. It is being used occasionally as a venue for concerts, weddings, and other events.

It makes a great photo op for your little Princess in her favorite costume, or your junior Crusader in his gear!

[Natalie Douglas, 05/30/2015]

Or for grown-ups in their gear, too.

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In the region:
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