was begun on May 1, 1984 and sense of completeness was felt about
the concrete portion of the sculpture (exterior) in the summer
of 1988. The materials used in the exterior are split-face concrete
block, steel reinforcement rod, and poured concrete. All of the
masonry work was done by two individuals working together without
the aid of laborers, helpers, elevation drawings, or models... "The building seemed to exert its own insistent will." Engineering
data was employed to ensure structural integrity. It is over
50 feet in height, and the weight of the building is conservatively
estimated at more than 7 million pounds. The building was never
intended to be a residence, a commercial building, nor a tourist
attraction. It was created as an expression of art.
The interior took an additional 3 years to complete (1988-1991). It was fashioned by a third individual (a woodworker). It contains primarily cypress wood and some old southern heart-pine. The interior has eight different examples of staircases in addition to an altar, a pulpit, a Bishop's chair, a choir loft, benches or pews; and incorporates spiritual and historic related symbolism throughout. There is no glass in any of the 88 window openings; therefore, the interior is open to the elements.
It is interesting to note that this structure is located on the
same latitude as the Great Pyramids in Egypt (30° North Latitude). The building also received an award from The American Institute of Architects in 1992 for “the creation of a new landmark” in
the United States. The Castle is privately owned. The Castle has no formal connection with any group or organization.
NOTE: THE CASTLE DOES NOT HAVE HANDICAP ACCESS.
CASTLE OTTTIS WAS CREATED TO DESIGNATE A PLACE OF PEACE UPON THIS EARTH.
Masonary - Ottis Sadler & Rusty
Woodwork - Lee Carpenter
Castle Design - Rusty
Abbey Design - Bishop Robert J. Baker
Blacksmith - Jason Pedcock
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(72 hour advance notice required.)
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P. O. Box 1754
St. Augustine, Florida 32085
Telephone: (904) 824-3274
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