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Rubel Castle, Glendora, California Best wishes for all your holidays, and a Happy 2016. See you then! Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Rubel Castle, Artists

Rubel Castle, Artists

Several artists live and create at Rubel Castle in Glendora. There’s a fantastic print shop operated by Iris Porter. Scott showed us how the press works. He and my husband John are speaking on this video. There’s a blacksmith. His name is Big John Lybrand and he “works with other interested amateurs on Saturdays,” says […]

Rubel Castle, Vehicles

Rubel Castle, Vehicles

Tucked into sheds, garages and corners around the two-acre grounds of Rubel Castle you’ll find lots of old cars. Our tour guide Scott Rubel had a story about each of them. Since I don’t know a lot about antique vehicles, I enlisted Scott’s help with this post. His additions are in italics. Thank you, Scott!1. […]

Rubel Castle, Michael’s Room

Rubel Castle, Michael’s Room

I almost forgot I promised to tell you more about this triangle shaped, glass bottle wall when I posted a photo of it last week. The wall forms part of the loft above Michael Rubel’s private room, one of the first things he built as Rubel Castle was beginning to form. Michael’s mother Dorothy liked to host […]

Rubel Castle, the Old Parts

Rubel Castle, the Old Parts

The oldest buildings on the Rubel Castle property are the packing buildings, used when this area was orange groves. This one was kind of a bachelor pad for a friend. The gas pumps were working when our guide, Scott Rubel, was growing up at the Castle. They don’t look like they’re in use now, but […]

Rubel Castle, Communal Kitchen

Rubel Castle, Communal Kitchen

You may remember our good friend Craig Woods, the Superintendent at Mount Wilson Observatory. Craig invited us to a special Sunday potluck breakfast at Rubel Castle, otherwise known as Rubel Farms, or simply, “the Pharm.” Craig also introduced us to Scott Rubel, who grew up at the Castle and who is now the Facilities Manager at […]

Rubel Castle, Communal Kitchen

Rubel Castle, Communal Kitchen

You may remember our good friend Craig Woods, the Superintendent at Mount Wilson Observatory. Craig invited us to a special Sunday potluck breakfast at Rubel Castle, otherwise known as Rubel Farms, or simply, “the Pharm.” Craig also introduced us to Scott Rubel, who grew up at the Castle and who is now the Facilities Manager at […]

Rubel Castle, Rocks

Rubel Castle, Rocks

Enter beneath the portcullis and you are in a weird and wonderful vision made real by Michael Rubel and is friends and neighbors. He enlisted help and free stuff wherever he could, and what he got was magical. They made towers… …walkways… …stairwells… …art… (door courtesy of the old Glendora jailhouse if I’ve got it […]

Rubel Castle, Portcullis

Rubel Castle, Portcullis

Once you’re inside the security door of the Rubel Castle property, you approach Rubel Castle proper. You enter through a portcullis. Yes, you do. The Wikipedia article mentions that the builder, Michael Rubel, purchased the Glendora property in 1959. It doesn’t point out that he was only 19 years old at the time. He and his mother […]

Rubel Castle, I

Rubel Castle, I

It looks a bit off, doesn’t it? Like maybe I need to straighten the photograph, or perhaps try a little tilt-shift to sort it out. But if I did that, you wouldn’t know what it really looks like. Prepare to enter the artsy, creative, eccentric, heartfelt and beloved confines of Rubel Castle in Glendora, California.  […]

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