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Structure, known simply as The Castle, is located in Aberdeen, Mississippi. The date of the erection of this castle is believed to be in 1884, when the I. C. Railroad was under construction. Built by a Mr. De Corsey, The Castle is basically a small, L-shaped, one-story, wood-frame dwelling on a brick foundation with three battlemented towers lo- cated at corners of the building. The Castle’s wood framing, which commences only a few feet above ground level where the brick foundation ends, is uniformly horizontal both in the principal portion and in the towers. The roofs of the wings are uniformly pitched, unlike the towers, whose roofs are flat. All towers are octagonal in design with each of their bases protruding slightly and resting on octagonal, brick foundations. The main front entry is lo- cated next to the largest in diameter of the three towers, which, like its opposite front facade tower, is two stories high, the third tower being three stories high. Perhaps one of the most interesting features of this little structure is the stepped battlements found only on the projecting tower roofs and spanning the lower roof perimeter joining the two towers of the front facade. Located only where the battlements exist are a series of ornate, corbel moldings that give added interest and an appearance of support to the roof projections that terminate at the upper ends of the corbels.The front facade features a large bay window centrally located between two towers. All windows on the castle are rectangular in design and of the same height with some narrow windows on rear-wall facades and in both of the two smaller diameter towers. Projected moldings crown each of the windows in similar design except for those of the doors, which are of arched design. This singular, enchanting little structure is privately owned and is one of the most interesting in its class of wood, castellated dwellings to be found in the United States. The castle’s quaintness and charm are reminiscent of an age long since passed into his- tory, but fondly remembered in its representation of that gallant era. “The Castle” in Aberdeen, Mississippi (front elevation) was constructed of wood, featuring towers and ornate battlements. This little castellated structure is unique in American architecture. Photo by James Butters, ca. 1936, from the collections of the Library of Congress. Side elevation of The Castle. Brick is used for the foundation and chimney pieces. Photo by James Butters, ca. 1936, from the collections of the Library of Congress.
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