Taking my kids on a field trip was high on my list of things to do during Spring Break. High enough that we went last week just after they got out of school. My husband Ace had read about this Mystery Castle. Located at the foothills of South Mountain Park. It seemed like the perfect excursion for a family who loves using natural resources..and appreciates art. It's built 100% out of recycled stuff...and natural stuff. One thing we couldn't find until we got there was how much it would be to tour the place. So, just for you...
Right away I noticed this wagon wheel uses as a window. Oh my gosh. I fell in love.
In all of the rooms, natural light is used.
The Mystery Castle was built in the 1930s by Boyce Luther Gulley (died 1945) for his daughter Mary Lou Gulley. Point of interest here..A Life Magazine story (January 26, 1948)  was done on the Mystery Castle and this is the metal alligator that guarded the door to the "mystery" treasure to be opened by the daughter Mary Lou. You'll have to go take the tour to see what the treasure was. I was almost moved to tears.
The work with the mortar and stones is intense.
Boyce left little notes in nooks and crannies for his daughter as well. Can you imagine Mary Lou opening this to see a note from her dad in the kitchen?
Through this little window on the patio you can see Phoenix.
Mystery Castle . We had an outstanding, inspiring time. Now...I need to go make some wind chimes.