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Shakespeare's Restaurant and Pub, and Stonewall Golf Club

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1999 restaurant-clubhouse, Joseph J. Balobeck; golf course, Hurdzan/Fry, Golf Course Design, Inc. 1495 Mercer Rd., 6 miles northwest of Fombell

Southeast of the Lawrence County town of Ellwood City lies a surprising “medieval castle” made of textured light gray concrete block. Situated on a 269-acre golf course, the rectangular two-story restaurant and clubhouse building has four square, sturdy-looking corner towers. Windows on the first story are appropriately small and barred, although there are solid panes above, and on the rear facade there are large plate glass windows that overlook the golf course and a formal garden. The entire structure is castellated. A simple stone belt course outlines the first story of the central entrance pavilion, with a pair of segmental-arched, twelve-foot-high wooden doors flanked by projecting two-story pavilions. The driveway and parking lot in front of the castle are lined with limestone boulders, each weighing from two to seven tons, quarried at nearby Medusa Aggregates. One enters the castle by crossing a wooden footbridge over a moat, expecting to hear the blare of welcoming trumpets. The interior is paneled with cross-cut oak, has New York blue stone floors, and is replete with faux medieval fittings and suits of armor.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Shakespeare's Restaurant and Pub, and Stonewall Golf Club", [Ellwood City, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 154-154.

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