The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article about a new 8,500 square-foot castle that 73-year old Gertrude Zachary built in Albuquerque, New Mexico, between a rescue mission and the railroad tracks. It cost millions and took two years to build, but it’s worth a lot less because of the barren industrial location it’s in, known to locals as “Skid Row.”
Zachary says her home was inspired by grand estates in Paris. She built it to showcase her collection of religious art and stained-glass windows. Outside the house is a billboard advertising her antique and jewelry business. She lives alone in the vast mansion with her Shih Tzu named Zipper.
The former English Major in me thinks the story would make for a great novel. You know she has to be an interesting character!
You can read the article and see the slideshow of photos on WSJ.com. Thanks to PJ for the link!