I spent last Saturday at the Benedict Castle Concours Car Show in Riverside California.
This is a new show put on with the help & support of Barry Meguiar and the Car Crazy TV crew and I have to say it was a great success!
Benefiting Teen Challenge and held on the amazingly lovely grounds of their So Cal headquarters at Benedict Castle I am sure a good time was had by all in attendance.
The vehicles were many and handsome in their own right but the star of the day was the beautiful Castle and surrounding grounds.
I remember going to Benedict Castle at around age 12 for what I recall as a very, very scary haunted house fundraiser (one of the first community events held by Teen Challenge), many Halloween nights in the future around 1984/85ish We returned for another haunted house at the Castle…still very, very scary! It is a CASTLE at HALLOWEEN!
Over the years Christmas and Easter events have been held as well and now the Castle is a lovely venue for Banquets and Weddings as well.
I picked up a brochure about the history of the Castle while I was there and here is the short version:
“Charles Benedict traveled Europe rather than attend college. After becoming wealthy, he began construction of the castle in 1922 after his second marriage. After a year and a divorce, construction resumed again in 1926 after he was remarried. Named after his mother Castillo Isabella was finished in about five year later. During their time their there, Charles and his third wife entertained many well known people including Jack Warner of Warner Brothers and Edgar Bergan. Unfortunately, Charles died in 1938, although his wife lived there for another eleven years. She then sold it at auction. Three years later, the castle was resold to the Servite Order of the Catholic Church to be used as a Seminary. In 1971 the Servite Order sold it to the Southern California Teen Challenge the current owner.
Over the years the castle has been used as the setting for many movies such as Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bride of Frankenstein, 1948’s Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein and 1965’s Two On a Guillotine with William Conrad and Connie Stevens.”
You can learn more about Benedict Castle at: http://www.benedictcastle.com/about
Be sure to take a look at the castle photos on the above page!
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