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Location DB > United States > New Jersey > Lakewood > The Castle aka Lynx Hall
The Castle aka Lynx Hall
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created by Senseriffic on 4/21/2008 8:57 PM
last modified by Senseriffic on 8/13/2009 6:47 AM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
it looks like a castle and its awesome.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult due to neighbors and religious groups who will call the cops
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Lakewood, New Jersey
United States
Owner: Hopefully... the lakewood historical society
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • possible gangs.. and yes i am serious...
  •  Interesting Features
    its a friggin castle!
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • wooden boarding
  • neighbors who are part of a huge religious group who are descrimiative, and gangs
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1900
    Closed: 2004
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  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
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    Lynx Hall built by Jasper and Rachel Lynch. Jasper Lynch made his fortune in real estate and was an established golfer and a charter member of the Ocean County Hunt and Country Club. Rachel Lynch was a prominent figure in the Lakewood Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She hosted extravagant fund-raisers, concerts, and recitals at Lynx Hall to benefit her crusade against cruelty to animals. The mansion which was built in the style of a middle-ages English castle is constructed of stone and dates from about 1900. A second building immediately behind the main house was once the stable within which, the Lynch Family’s horses, coaches and buggies were kept as well as where their caretakers would have lived. The stable, which is unoccupied at this time is in poor condition. A third building next to the original structure was probably built in the 1950’s to resemble Lynx Hall and is part of the Castle Apartment complex.

    in November 2004 the Lakewood zoning board granted permission to a developer to raze a 100-year-old house on the New Jersey Registry of Historic Places without any discussion of the house's significance.

    Recently it was (unfortunately) featured in the popular (location destroying) magazine Weird NJ.

    In February of 2009 the fence was re secured and the castle was gutted, it looks like its days are very numbered...
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     Future Plans
    The main house was demolished in 05... the historical society of lakewood is temporarily dismantled and it will probably just turn into cheap section 8 housing....

    As of August 12th it is a pile of rubble, I knew the days were numbered but it still sucks to see even the historic pine trees leveled for trashy trash to live in crappy townhouses
    Mon, Jun 29th, 2009
    posted by Senseriffic
    No one cares about the castles :(
    Sat, Jul 26th, 2008
    posted by Senseriffic

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    Mon, Apr 21st, 2008
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    Tue, May 6th, 2008
    posted by Senseriffic
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    Tue, May 27th, 2008
    posted by Senseriffic
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 8/17/2009 5:47 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 17 09 at 17:47, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Aug 13 09 at 6:48, Senseriffic made this location public
  • on Aug 13 09 at 6:47, Senseriffic changed the following: Status, Future Plans
  • on Aug 13 09 at 6:46, Senseriffic updated a story
  • on Aug 13 09 at 6:46, Senseriffic updated a story
  • on Aug 13 09 at 6:45, Senseriffic updated a story
  • on Jul 1 09 at 1:44, Steed validated this location
  • on Jun 29 09 at 10:43, Senseriffic updated a story
  • on Jun 1 09 at 7:39, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jun 1 09 at 5:04, Senseriffic changed the following: Display Name, History, Security Measures, Future Plans
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