Squire's Castle // on film - The Dainty Squid

Squire's Castle // on film

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Remember back in the fall when I was taking little roadtrips to visit silly roadside attractions and cemeteries every weekend? Well, I reeeeally miss it. The snow has put quite a damper on my travels. The extent of my driving lately has been to the post office, Target and the grocery store. While I love Target, I miss exploring. I can't wait for the weather to clear up so I can get back to it.

I've had these photos in a draft post for some time and in the midst of a snow storm I'm feeling like it's the perfect time to post them. It had come to my attention that I've been living my whole life less than hour away from a castle that I had no idea even existed. 
Squire's castle was built in the 1890s by Feargus B. Squire, an oil company executive and former mayor, for use as the gatekeeper's house for his future country estate, which was never built. In 1922 he sold the property and in 1925 Cleveland Metroparks aquired the property. It's surrounded by hiking paths, grills, picnic tables, and is located in the middle of a large grassy area.

When I first heard about it I pictured it like a place I visited on a school trip where you went in on a guided tour and had to stay in a roped off area. I was more than pleasantly surprised to find what condition the castle was actually in. It's just the shell of building. There aren't windows or doors. It's actually all very charming. It's fun to imagine what it might have look like finished and decorated but I rather prefer it as is.
All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400.
 xoxo

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29 thoughts

  1. Amazing! Thanks for sharing! The pictures are great as well.

    I love making little discoveries like that. Like the time I found out there was an 1814 fort called the Blockhouse hidden in the woods of Central Park . . . after I'd been living in NYC for 5 years. There are always little adventures around us, if only we'd look closer!
    -Christine
    http://thehitchcockiancockatoo.blogspot.com/

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  2. wish i could go on little adventures like you!

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  3. How I would love to explore a place like this. You almost never find abandoned places that aren't made into museums or something of the sort! The photos are beautiful. :)

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  4. Thank you for sharing these photos.. . these are so beautiful *o*

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  5. So beautiful! What a great surprise to find a magical place so close to home!

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  6. Squire's Castle is where my husband proposed to me. Fifteen + years later we're still very happy together (and used to live in the UK which has more castles than you can shake a stick at).

    BTW, I'm from (South) Madison and now live in Hilliard (Columbus). Love your blog.

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  7. Love squires castle! I did a few photo projects in college at Squires.

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  8. I feel your pain about the restraints of winter! :) This building is amazing, and in such great condition for such a public space. Beautiful photos!

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  9. How cute & freaking rad!! What a great place to go for a photo shoot, maybe for an engagement or wedding photos, especially if it was Game of Thrones inspired!!

    <3
    www.margotmeanie.com

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  10. Interesting place, the photos are great

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  11. I LOVE little adventures like this! And Ohio is so GREAT for them! :D

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  12. I've never heard of Squires castle! I love the photos you've taken. It makes me want to go and see it! Too bad I'm a bit too far away though.

    www.mariedarling.com

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  13. That is so cool! I can't imagine how fun it must have been to explore that place! Makes me want to explore my city some more. Its amazing what neat places you can find that you never knew existed before.

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  14. I am a totally castle obsessed! I'm all about small-house living, but if I had the money...I would definitely splurge on having a castle for a house. Wouldn't that be the neatest thing ever!?

    On the drive to our favorite hiking place, someone has a castle home. It's way off the road and there are trees in front of most of it, but you can see the top and it looks AMAZING!

    I love the photos and that's really cool that you get to go exploring through it! I would be very tempted to dress up and pretend to be a Monty Python character haha!

    Please forgive this embarrassingly long comment...I apparently really love castles :)

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    1. Haha! Same, I'd totally splurge on a castle if I was loaded!

      Oh man, only being able to see the top of it because of trees makes it sound really magical!

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  15. My town has a castle! It's someone's house, so I've never been inside, but it sure is pretty to look at! In December, they put Christmas lights all around the wall that surrounds it, and it's so pretty.

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    1. That's awesome! I've always wanted to live in a castle.

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  16. You've taken some really brilliant pictures. The castle looks amazing and very fun to explore. This year my boyfriend and I are planning to go on a lot more trips to see and explore things that we'd usually say "next time" to. I hope the weather clears up for you real soon so that you can go on more little adventures!

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  17. How fun that you're so close to such a treat :)

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  18. Love the photos. Squires castle looks amazing. I would love to visit one day. Too bad I live on the other side of the world :(

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    1. I'm sure there are tons of awesome places near you too!

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  19. Loving these photo's, looks like a fun little adventure :)

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  20. Nice photography! I noticed that you shoot a lot of the Fuji FP-3000B with your land camera and figured I'd give ya a heads up that Fujifilm has discontinued that particular emulsion! It sucks because it's the only B&W instant pack film on the market. Supposedly the as shipment will hit the states this spring, so stock up! I know I am!

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    1. I know, I stocked up the day they announced it. It's insane how quickly the price soared!

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  21. we should go exploring together! there are some fun abandoned places around cleveland that you would probably love!

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    1. YES. YES. YES. I would LOVE to go exploring together. Let's plan something super soon.

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  22. I love this place. My boyfriend took me here late at night on our first date and we wandered the castle in the dark. I've never been so creeped out in my life.

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  23. My cousin took me there last time I was visiting relatives in Cleveland. It was a really atmospheric day cloudy with a bit of mist - really cool!

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  24. I love this place. Last time I was there a band was doing a photo shoot. They had a great day to do - foggy and cloudy very atmospheric!

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