Yes, yes, yes. You are correct. Its name is Castle Otttis It can be seen from Highway A1A between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida.
Castle Otttis was created as an original landscape-sculpture "Done in Remembrance of Jesus Christ." The dictionary defines a landscape-sculpture as a structure built to adorn or to view the landscape. Castle Otttis is done of an impression of an Irish castle of a 1000 years ago. The interior was created under guidance of historians from the Catholic Diocese of Northeast Florida to replicate an atmosphere of an Abbey (or Christian church) in Ireland during the same period.
The project was begun on May 1, 1984 and sense of completeness was felt about the concrete portion of the sculpture (exterior) in the summer of 1988. The materials used in the exterior are split-face concrete block, steel reinforcement rod, and poured concrete. All of the masonry work was done by two individuals working together without the aid of laborers, helpers, elevation drawings, or models... "The building was simply allowed to exert its own insistent will." Engineering data was employed to ensure structural integrity. It is over 50 feet in height, and the weight of the building is conservatively estimated at more than 5 million pounds. The building was never intended to be a residence, a commercial building, or a tourist attraction. It was created as an expression of art.
The interior took an additional 3 years to complete (1988-1991). It was fashioned by a third individual (a woodworker). It contains primarily cypress wood and some old southern heart-pine. The interior has eight different examples of staircases in addition to an altar, a pulpit, a Bishop's chair, a choir loft, benches or pews; and incorporates spiritual and historic related symbolism throughout. There is no glass in any of the 88 window openings, therefore the interior is open to the elements.
The Castle is made available by appointment to schools, churches, colleges, universities, institutions, and community groups for academic and spiritual settings, and has provided a unique environment for small, intimate wedding ceremonies. The Castle is also made available for an interdenominational Christian worship service each Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon (weather permitting). At the conclusion of the service the Castle can be viewed from 12:00 noon until 1:00 p.m. It is not necessary to attend the service to view the building. All who come in a dignified fashion are welcome regardless of belief or background.
The Castle is privately owned. The Castle has no formal connection with any group or organization. Donations are not solicited.
CASTLE OTTTIS WAS CREATED TO DESIGNATE A PLACE OF PEACE UPON THIS EARTH.
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