Castle Otttis isn’t even the oddest thing about St. Augustine, and still you have to admit that it’s own kind of odd.
And that A1A at the beach is an odd place to find an authentic Irish-style castle, whether St. Augustine is just up the road or not.
If you stop for a moment to remember all Florida’s historical baggage with Spain and its Irish governors, maybe we should have expected that eventually GreaterJax™ would have an Irish castle to go with the French forts and the Castillo de San Marcos.
Check the list pages here to see some interiors.
(To learn even more about Castle Ottis, click here.)
At 50 feet high and an estimated 7 million pounds, Castle Otttis is an impressive structure.
Situated about three miles north of St. Augustine on A1A, Castle construction began in 1984. The concrete-block-and-poured-concrete exterior was completed in 1988, and the builders took another three years – until 1991 – to finish the interior with cypress wood and southern heart-pine ornamentation.
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