Artist Howard Solomon has fulfilled every kid’s dream by building himself a castle out of recycled materials! Located in Ona, Florida, this 12,000-square-foot home has it all-a moat, dungeon, gardens, stained glass windows and a drawbridge, all made of metal scraps, discarded car parts and reused materials. The strange-looking castle that took 12 years to build is open to visitors and even offers overnight stays in the Blue Moon Room located in the East Tower.
Solomon began working on the castle in the 70s after he and his family moved to Ona, Florida. Even though he was planning to build a simple home with a garden, he soon realized that his property was located in the middle of a swamp. He decided to build a much larger structure, one that would resist potential floods. After 12 years of building and four more spent on erecting a Spanish galleon in the moat, today the castle has become a popular attraction in the area.
Covered with aluminium off-set printing plates discarded by a nearby newspaper, the building looks a bit like a medieval knight’s armor. Solomon, who is now 76, lives here with his wife and welcomes tourists from all over the country. There is a 250-seat restaurant, a place to spend the night, and the castle often serves as a venue for events such as weddings and car shows.