This iconic castle-like building was once used as a jail in the 1800s is up for sale and ready for someone to use it once again.

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Known as the Workhouse Castle which sits in the middle of the Jazz & Blues District in Kansas City has been abandoned since the 1970s. Used for minor crimes, the castle-like structure officially is on the market. While in jail, inmates would work the grounds and help build the castle which was used from the late 1800s to about the 1970s. After it was abandoned the castle started falling apart and now is not easily accessible.

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The castle itself is in a prime location with easy access to the museums in the district, so it would be ideal for some residential properties. Whoever buys this will not be able to tear it down (it's been registered with the historical society since 2001) but they can add on to it. Clemons Life (the company representing the sale of the property) gives ideas on how the 10+ acres of land could be used today with a castle attached to it.

Construction Ideas

A potential look at what could be the setting for a commercial building, retail shops, and maybe even residential.


I am sure that Kansas City residents would love to be able to get up close and personal with this iconic structure that has been abandoned for 50 years.


Save the  Castle

In 2014 a group of people was able to remove 62 tons of trash that had been dumped around the castle to hold events such as weddings and ceremonies on the grounds of the castle

There is no listing price for this historical structure, but whoever buys it is going to own a prince of Missouri history.

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