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Ovation: The Junk Castle.


Did you ever build a “fort” when you were a child?  We used to build spaces that we’d call our own all the time and we’d use whatever materials we could find.  If someone in the neighborhood got a new appliance for their kitchen, there would be a huge cardboard box that we would claim as our own.  We assembled our hide out in the back yard, behind a hedge and out of sight from the house and we’d line it with carpet remnants and set aside a place for snacks.  I would sit in the box for hours and read.

At Grandma’s house, on a rainy day, we would build the absolute best fort using the cushions from her hide-a-bed sofa.  They were perfect for construction as each cushion was the exact same size and there were plenty of them to stack and arrange into a small room.  If we were good, she would give us a blanket to use as a roof!  We learned as children that it’s possible to repurpose many things into useful structures.

But we never imagined anything like the Junk Castle in rural Pullman, Washington.  Old car doors, washing machine parts and other junkyard treasures are just a few of the strange materials used to build this 1,200-square-foot example of “sustainable architecture. “  The Junk Castle was built in the 1970s by Vic Moore, a local high school art teacher, as part of his fine arts master’s degree.  Over the years, he and his wife, Bobbie, added other whimsical dwellings to the property.

County authorities were powerless to object to the construction of the unusual building because no permit was needed at the time to build a structure costing less than five hundred dollars.  During the Junk Castle’s construction, Moore was hesitant to talk about his creation for fear of drawing too many tourists to the site.

Perfectly understandable, if you ask me … that’s precisely why I built my forts behind the hedge.

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