A Castle Made of Car Parts and Other Junkyard Finds

By Anastasia Anashkina

NEW YORK -- Castles usually evoke images of moats and drawbridges, court jesters and thrones -- basically, the stuff of fairy tales. But the Junk Castle in rural Pullman, Wash., is far from anything you'll see in a children's story book.

Old car doors, washing machine parts and other junkyard treasures are just some of the unusual materials used to erect 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, have added other whimsical dwellings to the property.

The couple had been living in one of these abodes, a two-bedroom house that was also built from reclaimed and recycled materials, until they sold it to Ken and Nancy Metully a little over 10 years ago.

According to the Metullys, the castle was previously used for storage and is currently empty. Eventually, however, they plan to use it as a playhouse for their granddaughter.

"It is funky living in this type of an environment," says Ken Metully, "where it's all wood, it's all warm, it's all reused, you know that everything has had a purpose before and now it's been re-purposed -- that's great."

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