Welcome to the Castle!

FrontView_OldSHotWelcome to the new site dedicated to the historical landmark, most frequently referred to as the “Red Brick Castle.” Over the coming months and beyond we will be posting information about the property, its history and its future.

We purchased this wonderful, crazy historic property in February 2016 and are excited to tackle restoration work, as well as round out and compliment this property with new residential homes to complete what will become our primary family compound. I will be documenting here for anyone who cares to follow the progress of our restoration and construction project.

The first step in our project was to work with our historic architect, Nancy Goldenberg of Carey & Co, to document a historic assessment report, providing the Historic Preservation Committee of Santa Cruz with an overarching report on the condition of each element of this historic property. This report, as well as a structural report from our civil engineer, Dale Hendsbee of Mesiti-Miller Engineering, has helped to inform us of the structural integrity as well as historic significance of each component of this mysterious property.

We have begun the process of working with the city planning department and Historical Planning Commission as to how best to renovate this gem while providing visibility to these landmarks. Our intent is to save and restore all of the major (significant) components of this amazing architecture. The most significant components being the front archway, or Gate of Prophecy; the main brick house, or Red Castle; the two obelisks set at the front of the property, and a representative portion of the original fence or wall along the front of the property to either side of the archway. All will be carefully documented and given respectful representation in our historic depictions of the property, which we plan to portray, along with historical facts and urban legend on a tasteful placard set at the front of the property once our restoration work is complete.

Looking forward to taking any interested readers along on our journey!

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  1. Duane Dietz says:

    This is the YouTube Channel Web Site area

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    1. Hi Duane! That’s very cool 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with me. I’m so sorry it has taken me a bit to reply. The work has been picking up at the property and I’ve been trying to be as directly involved as possible on a daily basis. We’ve had several inquiries and offers from folks wanting to film on the property; unfortunately, with all the heavy machinery and work going on just now it isn’t the best time to have people walking around the property; too many liabilities and potential dangers for you and the crew. Please stay in touch though and we will try to work something out as things settle down a bit. So sorry 😦

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  2. I was thrilled to hear that this mysteriously magical place has been placed in the care of those who wish to restore and rejuvenate It, and breathe life back into the property. It will probably not be an easy task, but I wonder how many secrets will be revealed as the work progresses !

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    1. artinamorton says:

      Thank you, Carol! Sorry for not responding sooner. I’m just getting into the swing of this “blog” thing ;P Check out my latest post today that gives an update on our work now that we have our permits finally!!

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