Monday, December 7, 2015

Rubel Castle, Rocks

Enter beneath the portcullis and you are in a weird and wonderful vision made real by Michael Rubel and is friends and neighbors. He enlisted help and free stuff wherever he could, and what he got was magical. They made towers...

...walkways...

...stairwells...

...art... (door courtesy of the old Glendora jailhouse if I've got it right)...

...and jumbles of all kinds.

Huell Howser visited twice and said the place "defies description." He hit that iron nail directly on its head. (The video is well worth watching. You get to meet Michael and see some great vintage photos.)

We wandered a bit but it was more fun to stay with our friend and tour guide, Scott Rubel. Scott grew up in the castle and helped his uncle Michael build it. Scott shared stories of the history of this unusual place, as well as his own memories.

Scott doesn't give tours often, but all the tour guides are great.

You can bet they all know what this is. We'll talk about it when I post Rubel Castle, 4.


10 comments:

Bellis said...

That final photo is very intriguing.

Bellis said...

Actually, they're all amazing. I tried to turn the first one sideways, it seemed the wrong way up. What an incredible castle.

William Kendall said...

Very intriguing... I'm reminded of the term folly.

Petrea Burchard said...

I couldn't think of a title for this post. Maybe just "Rubel Castle, Rocks."

José Mendonça said...

What an interesting building!

Thank you for the link to The Wireguy page on Fb.

altadenahiker said...

"Dee-faus Dee-scription," is my bet. Plus bottles of various colors.

Petrea Burchard said...

You've got Huell. "That's the kahnda thang Ah lahk!" I miss the guy, he was so joyful about the stuff Ah lahk, too.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

glass bottle houses - yes!!!

LOLfromPasa said...

I love all of these images, Petrea. There is something about those rock forms that really appeal to me.

Petrea Burchard said...

I think we both like these rock forms, Lauren. It may be why you ended up in England and why I may yet do the same!