I received E-Mail that said:

In Dayton, Ohio, on Klepinger Road in the 4000 block, a family is transforming their ranch house into a castle. Over the past several years, they've built a crenelated tower and started on another and faced the building with stone. At Halloween, they decorate it as a haunted castle. I've never been inside, but I've seen it when visiting with friends who live across the street. I'm afraid that I don't know the name of the owners, but I will try to get photographs when I go visit my friends in Ohio the next time.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

I took a pic of that Unknown Castle in Dayton Ohio for you. I happened to drive by it a couple of years ago when they were modifying their ranch house into a castle. I could tell what they were doing and I just laughed! It does look pretty silly sitting in the middle of other still-ranch houses, but to each his own. The pic included here was taken about a week ago. If you do add this pic to your site don't forget to mention that it's just down the street from Castle Video and the White Castle restaurant!

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

I just accidentally found your site while looking for Ohio ghost towns, etc. I live near that Dayton "castle" on Klepinger Rd. I have lived here all my life but do not know who those people are or why they did that. It is near my high school (1970). They have been doing that to that house for years, but I never ever see anyone out in the yard. Very odd. It even has a moat, but it leaks so there is no water in it.

This neighborhood is made up of modest ranch homes, perhaps 1200 sq feet or so.

That "castle" is also near the "Donut Castle" over on Salem Avenue at the corner of Gettysburg Avenue.

If you ever come to Dayton, you really must drive by it. It is near the corner of Klepinger and Turner Road. Klepinger Road is a very short street, maybe a mile or so, so the Castle is easy to find. It is on the West side of the street.

On 10-17-17, I received e-mail that said:

It's been boarded up sometime with in the last 5 years. I can't be exactly sure when, but I drove by it one day and noticed, it'd been a while, because it had gone weedy and unkempt. A few months later and the windows were boarded.

On 3-1-18, I received e-mail that said:

Our neighborhood castle on Klepinger Rd is gone. It's been empty and grown over for a couple years. I drove by yesterday and it's nothing now, just an empty, dirt covered lot.

I'm glad you have a photo. I doubt anyone one would believe me. It was originally a tri-level home, much like the others on the street. The castle builder made steps up to the 3rd level which would have been bedrooms originally and made it the front entry. I would have loved to see the inside.


{{Castlefinder note!}}What a shame, it would have been much better if someone had fixed this up and saved it.

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A special thanks to Todd Sprotbery for taking and sending in the photo.