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Fanciful     Grand    Curious    •   Classical    Temples & Towers & Castles


Compelling and often delighting, buildings unafraid to stand out in our towns or down the street.  Fanciful, curious, non-standard, or bold. Grand or classical.  Made up. Sometimes showy of confidence, money, and brass.  Look here.  Something of vision as much as function was likely called out.  We wonder why. Some are explicable for whatever reasons; Americans have always liked castles and have plunked them about as outcomes of pleasure if not history.  Greek-like temples, too. History and types, from whatever time or place, transfer readily if not exactly accurately.

How about that white flanking pavilioned 18th century Palladian house

and those towery places?

Many strike with clear appeal if not need or referent.

All show the shaping of both imagination and structure. 

We keep looking.

59" high

46" high

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Found 13 years apart in widely separated states, by the same maker.  Curious, the rendering of two 39" long, architecturally replete, hyphened, grand-porticoed, and twin-pavilioned structures.

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Reported made in Wisconsin in the 1930s.  Are the snakey heads expected? 34" high

39" high



The Jones Family Castle is described on the Known & Real page.

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Classic classical triumphal arch inexplicably and knowledgeably rendered with motifs of American folk art.

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Marcus Agrippa, the son of Lucius, three times consul, built this.

The Pantheon, Rome

37" high

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59" high

Every surface more artfully constructed of Budweiser carton pieces than you or I could ever have imagined. Skylights reveal more inside!

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