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La Virgen de Guadalupe Shrine (Castillo Castle)

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Castillo Castle
1988, Cono Espinosa. Northwest corner of 10th Ave. and State St.

After returning from the Vietnam War, a disabled veteran built his residence of recycled lumber, aluminum cans, and rubblestone. The irregular, two-story structure is topped by an open wooden tower housing a homemade statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Some of the poles bristling around and above the virgin form a surrealistic cross in a glittering fantasy reminiscent of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "La Virgen de Guadalupe Shrine (Castillo Castle)", [Antonito, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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