|Tovrea Castle, and saguaros about to go POP!|
Tovrea Castle is a Phoenix landmark that has served a few different purposes since its construction in 1928 (read its twists and turns on the wikipedia, here), but now is an almost-refurbished Phoenix "Point of Pride" with a lovely cactus garden all around it. I remember it best when it was lit up at night with lights around each tier of the wedding cake. When seen from the air, or from a distance, it was truly notable and odd.
I've never been inside. But I ride my bicycle past quite often, and decided I needed to snap a few pictures.Some with signs in them.
The stories this place could tell! If stucco and cactus could tell tales, I mean. An understandable reaction when you see this place is similar to when you come across the gleaming white pyramid tomb of Governor Hunt, not too far from here: whaaaaaaaaaat?? Eventually, though, after you see them dozens of times over the years, they grow on you, and you stop noticing them. Then you ride by a little slower on your bicycle one day, and notice the different angles available for taking photos, and with a beginner's mind recall the essential weirdness of the wedding cake, but also its unique interest, and the memories of remembering. Get up. Go ride.