Rubel Castle, California is a monumental folk architecture site nestled in the foothills of Glendora. It was entirely built by hand by Michael Rubel and his “pharmhands” over several decades. Its stone masonry was handcrafted of river rock, recycled materials and an assemblage of the relics and artifacts of Glendora's early agricultural and industrial eras. Michael's innovative use of both natural and cultural materials makes Rubel Castle an exceptionally important masterwork within the context of folk art environments in California. It also serves as a rare resource and physical reminder of the citrus industry, which played a significant role in the development of the area in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
Built over 26 years, near Route 66
Michael Rubel was only 18 when he bought a packing house near Route 66 in Glendora, California to build his childhood dream of a real castle. Every year people from all over the world visit Rubel Castle and learn about it’s vast history, famous visitors and enjoy all parts of the property, like the citrus packing house, Tin Palace Museum, Bottle House, Santa Fe caboose, clock tower, dungeon and more!