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April 19, 2014

Step Back in Time: April 19, 2014

25 years agoApril 19, 1989

WALTON — The old white castle in Walton, built in 1899 and designed after the Dublin Castle in Ireland, is being restored to bring back its traditional castle appearance and will have a touch of the modern world.

It will have a drawbridge and moat in the traditional castle style, but it will also have an arcade with strobe lights and video games.

Kelly Bartosh, a developer from New Jersey, recently bought the castle from Johannes Graf Von Schoenborn, who owned it for about two years.

He is transforming the castle, now a clay color, into an antique dealers’ center, an arcade and a restaurant and reception hall.

Bartosh is the third owner of the building since 1966, according to village records. “It’s a great place; a beautiful historic building,” he said. He would like to put it on the National Historic Register, but for now he is restoring the castle to its original appearance.

The 1899 building was patterned after the Dublin Castle in Dublin, Ireland, on the request of Captain St. John in the mid-1890s. It was built on a 100-by-200 foot site on Stockton Avenue facing Bridge Street and the village’s business district, originally as a state Armory.

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